Phos hilaron – a Song of the Light

O joyful light,

from the pure glory of the eternal heavenly Father,

O holy, blessed Jesus Christ.

As we come to the setting of the sun

and see the evening light,

we give thanks and praise to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit of God.

Worthy are you at all times

to be sung with holy voices,

O Son of God, O giver of life,

and to be glorified through all creation.


Hail, gladdening Light, of his pure glory poured,

Who is the immortal Father, heavenly, blest,

Holiest of holies, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Now we are come to the sun’s hour of rest,

The lights of evening round us shine,

We hymn the Father, Son and Holy Spirit divine.

Worthy are you at all times to be sung

With undefiled tongue,

Son of our God, giver of life, alone:

Therefore in all the world your glories, Lord, they own.

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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