Father all loving, who rulest in majesty

Father all loving, who rulest in majesty. Patrick Appleford* (1925-2018). Written ca. 1957, when Appleford was a curate at Poplar, East London, for a rally at the Albert Hall of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. Entitled ‘Alive for God’, it was first published in Thirty 20th Century Hymn Tunes (1960), where its very traditional language, including the ‘thou’ form for God, was set to a modern tune by Geoffrey Beaumont, CHESHUNT, named after the College in Hertfordshire where Appleford was then working (1958-61).  The hymn had seven stanzas, in three pairs, addressing and then praying to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, with a doxology to the Holy Trinity...

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