Father Of Peace And God Of Consolation


Father of Peace, and GOD of Consolation!
The Angel of the Counsel dost Thou send
To herald peace, to manifest Salvation,
Thy Light to pour, Thy knowledge to extend;
Whence, with the morning’s earliest rays,
Lover of men! Thy Name we praise.

‘Midst Caesar’s subjects Thou, at his decreeing,
Obey’dst and was enrolled: our mortal race,
To sin and Satan slave, from bondage freeing,
Our poverty in all points didst embrace:
And by that Union didst combine
The earthly with the All-Divine.

Lo! Mary, as the world’s long day was waning,st ed.: Behold! the Virgin, prophecy sustaining,
Incarnate Deity conceived and bore;
Virgin in birth, and after birthst ed.: Virgin still , remaining
And man to GOD is reconciled once more:
Wherefore in faith her name we bless,
And Mother of our GOD confess.

Hymns of the Eastern Church,