Hymn of the Month

JUNE, 2023


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by Reginald Heber


Holyholyholy! Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;

Holyholyholy, merciful and mighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!


Holyholyholy! all the saints adore Thee,

Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;  

Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,  

Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.  


Holyholyholy! though the darkness hide Thee,  

Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;  

Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,  

Perfect in power, in love, and purity.  


Holyholyholy! Lord God Almighty!  

All Thy works shall praise Thy Name in earth, and sky, and sea;  

Holyholyholy; merciful and mighty!  

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!  


Scripture Resources

Isaiah 6:2-4

2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:


“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory!”

4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.


Revelation 4:6-11

6 . . . and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,

    who was and is and is to come!”

9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,

    to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

    and by your will they existed and were created.”


Revelation 5:13

13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”


Revelation 15:4

4  “Who will not fear, O Lord,

    and glorify your name?

For you alone are holy.

    All nations will come

    and worship you,

for your righteous acts have been revealed.”


About the Hymn

Using reverent and apocalyptic language, "Holy, Holy, Holy!" alludes to Revelation 4:6-11; 5:13; 15:2-4; and Isaiah 6:2-4 to sing the great majesty of the triune God.

The scope of the text is cosmic, calling on human beings in verse 1, saints and angels in glory (verse 2), and finally, in verse 4, bidding all creation to praise the name of the Lord! Though God's holiness, love, and purity are cloaked in mystery, we can still experience God's mercy, love and mighty power, and as a result, cannot help but participate in awe and worship.


About the Hymn-writer

Reginald Heber (21 April 1783 – 3 April 1826) was an English Anglican bishop, a man of letters, and hymn-writer. After 16 years as a country parson, he served in India as Bishop of Calcutta until his death at the age of 42. The son of a rich landowner and cleric, Heber gained fame at the University of Oxford as a poet. Ordained in 1807, he took over his father's old parish, Hodnet, Shropshire, England. He also wrote hymns and general literature, including a study of the works of the 17th-century cleric, Jeremy Taylor.


He was consecrated Bishop of Calcutta in October 1823. He travelled widely and worked to improve the spiritual and general living conditions of his flock. Arduous duties, a hostile climate and poor health led to his collapse and death after less than three years in India. Memorials were erected there and in St Paul's Cathedral, London. A collection of his hymns, including Holy, Holy, Holy, appeared in 1827 soon after his death.


Reginald Heber - Wikipedia


We are commanded to, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." (Colossians 3:16). Accordingly, we incorporate hymns into our regular Sunday morning worship at Pacific Hope Church. We firmly believe in equipping God's people with the knowledge of His Word through sound teaching in our classes, Bible studies, and even in our Sunday morning worship. Our worship will always be with the purpose of exalting the Lord to His proper place; it is never man-centered or seeking to create an emotional experience.