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Sufjan Love Of The Week

Given it’s now December, and Christmas is fast approaching, we may as well start exploring Sufjan’s awesome Christmas music.

You may or may not know that Sufjan released a rather fantastic five-EP box set of Christmas songs a few years ago.  Some are originals, some are classics, all are wonderful.

The song below is undoubtedly my favourite on the album(s).  It’s an old hymn, one I remember singing with my much-loved Granny at my grandparents’ church in Mt Kembla.  It is one of my favourite hymns, and Sufjan’s version is simply breathtaking.  Because it is as lyrically beautiful as it is musically, the word are below the fold

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
There is a sign at the sight of thee, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! 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, perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
There is a sign at the sight of thee, there is none beside Thee;
God in three Persons, God in three Persons, God in three Persons, God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

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