Your Sunday Hymn: God of Mercy and Compassion

The Irish Philharmonic Orchestra sings the Lenten hymn, God of Mercy and Compassion. From the double CD collection of ‘Classic religious anthems of Ireland.’

It’s a lovely, traditional French melody by 18th century Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, (1710-1736.)

Lyrics:

Hymn – God of Mercy and Compassion,

God of mercy and compassion,
Look with pity upon me,
Father, let me call Thee Father,
‘Tis Thy child returns to Thee.

Refrain:
Jesus, Lord, I ask for mercy;
Let me not implore in vain;
All my sins, I now detest them,
Never will I sin again.

2. By my sins I have deserved
Death and endless misery,
Hell with all its pains and torments,
And for all eternity.
(Refrain)

3. By my sins I have abandoned
Right and claim to heav’n above.
Where the saints rejoice forever
In a boundless sea of love.
(Refrain)

4. See our Savior, bleeding, dying,
On the cross of Calvary;
To that cross my sins have nail’d Him,
Yet He bleeds and dies for me.
(Refrain)

From the CD ‘Faith of Our Fathers — the 10th Anniversary’.

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