Church musician Jonathan Aigner, at my fellow Patheos blog Ponder Anew, has been running a series of posts called “Hymn of the Day,” focusing on various classic hymns.
I was struck with what he said about Of the Father’s Love Begotten. It’s on page 384 of the Lutheran Service Book. The lyrics are here. They go way back to the early church, to Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (348-413 A.D.). The text was translated by John Mason Neale (1818-1866), the high church Anglican priest who translated many ancient and medieval hymns, including “O Come, O Come, Emanuel” and “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.”