Holy, Holy, Holy
|"Holy, Holy, Holy!"|
|Text||by Reginald Heber|
|Melody||"Nicaea" by John Bacchus Dykes|
"Holy, Holy, Holy!" is a Christian hymn written by the Anglican bishop Reginald Heber (1783–1826). Its lyrics speak specifically of the Holy Trinity, having been written for use on Trinity Sunday. The opening line (Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!) references Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8 and mirrors the opening line of the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts) as found in the Book of Common Prayer. John Bacchus Dykes composed the tune Nicaea for this hymn in 1861. The tune name is a tribute to the First Council of Nicaea which formalized the doctrine of the Trinity in 325.
In a poll conducted by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, "Holy, Holy, Holy" was chosen as the greatest hymn of all time.
Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty!
God in Three Persons, blessed 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 in love, and purity.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise Thy name in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, Holy, Holy! merciful and mighty,
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!
from Hymn #22 Sacred Songs and Solos.
- Bing Crosby included the hymn on his album Beloved Hymns (1951).
- The hymn is sung in the 1953 film Titanic.
- The hymn is sung in the 1956 movie The Fastest Gun Alive starring Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford and Jeanne Crain.
- Keith Green recorded a version of this hymn for his 1982 album Songs for the Shepherd.
- Marcos Witt covered the Spanish version on his 1994 album !Alabadle!
- Amy Grant recorded a version for her 2002 studio album Legacy... Hymns and Faith. This version later appeared on her 2015 compilation album Be Still and Know... Hymns & Faith.
- Nicaea is also used in ITV's adaptation of Wuthering Heights (2009), although in a scene which takes place pre-1830.
- Sufjan Stevens recorded a version of this hymn for his 2006 album Peace: Songs for Christmas - Vol. V.
- The Hillsong United band recorded a version of this hymn, consisting of the first and last verses.
- In 2009, the song was covered by country music singer Ronnie Milsap on his gospel album Then Sings My Soul.
- Jimmy Needham recorded a version of this hymn for his 2012 limited release album The Gospel. The duo of Shane & Shane also feature in this version of the song. The album was re-released in September 2013 under the title The Hymns Sessions, Vol. 1.
- It is sung by the church congregation in Episode 3 of the Lord Peter Wimsey miniseries, "The Nine Tailors", produced by the BBC in 1974, from the Dorothy Sayers novel.
- It was included on the 2016 album Here I Surrender by Church of the Highlands. It also appears on Call Upon The Name, an earlier EP by the same organization.
- A portion of this hymn is sung at the end of "Heaven Meets Earth", on the Poets & Saints album by All Sons & Daughters.
- Audrey Assad released a version on her 2016 Inheritance album; it excludes verse 2.
- Brown, Theron; Hezekiah Butterworth (2008) . "Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!". The Story of the Hymns and Tunes. BiblioBazaar. p. 66. ISBN 0-554-25576-6.
- Sankey, Ira David (2008) . "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty". My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns and of Sacred Songs and Solos. BiblioBazaar. pp. 364–365. ISBN 0-559-33724-8.
- Osbeck, Kenneth W. (1982). "Holy, Holy, Holy". 101 hymn stories. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Publications. pp. 94–95. ISBN 0-8254-3416-5. OCLC 7875830.
- "Hymn society tournament reveals 'greatest hymn of all time'". Religion News Service. 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
- Richards, Jeffrey (2003). A Night to Remember: the definitive Titanic film. London: I.B. Tauris. p. 26. ISBN 1-86064-849-5. OCLC 55898225.