God, your glory we have seen in your Son

God, your glory we have seen in your Son. Didier Rimaud* (1922-2003). This was originally a French canticle written for a Roman Catholic conference in Strasbourg on the theme of ‘The Bible in Liturgy’ in 1957, beginning ‘Dieu, nous avons vu ta gloire en ton Christ’*. Erik Routley* heard a recording and requested translations from Sir Ronald Johnson and Brian Wren*. A composite version was made (Johnson’s antiphon, Wren’s verses) and it was first published in this form in Dunblane Praises No 1 (1965). It received its first performance in St Columba’s-by-the-Castle Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, later that year. The text, rich in Scripture imagery vividly expressed, sounds the call to...

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