God everlasting, wonderful and holy

God everlasting, wonderful and holy. Harold Riley* (1903-2003).  This was written before 1968, when it appeared in the Catholic hymnal The Parish Hymn Book. It was subsequently included in English Praise (1975) before being included in MHfT (1980) and thus in A&MNS. It was headed ‘To the altar of God’: its four stanzas explore the liturgical custom in many churches of reverencing the altar. They are wonderfully compact and meaningful: they describe adoration (stanza 1), thankfulness (stanza 2), redemption through the sufferings, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ (stanza 3), and end with a prayer for health and salvation (stanza 4): God everlasting, wonderful and holy, Father...

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