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Best Episcopal Hymns

What are the best hymns in the Episcopal church?

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For all the saints who from their labors rest

For all the saints who from their labors rest
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The Church's one foundation

The Church's one foundation

This one tugs at our Victorian heartstrings

5

Lo, he comes with clouds descending

Lo, he comes with clouds descending

Hemlsley is the best

7

All my hope on God is founded

All my hope on God is founded

Heartbreaking story, heartwarming hymn

12

Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)

sublime and transcendent.

2

Come, labor on

Come, labor on

That great, Noble tune

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Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

Robust Welsh tune

3

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
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Let all mortal flesh (Picardy)

Let all mortal flesh (Picardy)

Best. Hymn. Ever.

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Earth and all stars

Earth and all stars

"Louding humming cellos," "loud praying members," ... what's not to love?

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Humbly I adore thee (Adoro te devote)

Humbly I adore thee (Adoro te devote)

Thomas Aquinas at his best.

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Come thooough long expected Jesus

Come thooough long expected Jesus
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How shall I sing that majesty

How shall I sing that majesty

Glorious 20th century masterpiece

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Go to dark Gethsemane (Redhead)

Go to dark Gethsemane (Redhead)

As we're in the middle of Lent, it's hard to not have this one on the mind.

Amazing Grace

you know you love it.

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Now the silence

Now the silence
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O Christ thou art both night and day (Christe qui es lux et dies)

O Christ thou art both night and day (Christe qui es lux et dies)

Protestant hymnody entered the Anglican tradition only in the 19th century. Here's a REAL hymn, complete with the requisite Trinitarian final stanza