Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow is one of the most well-known doxologies in the English language. A doxology is a short hymnal praise to God sung in different forms of worship. It consists only of one verse with four lines. This type of music is considered to be the most sung hymn compared to any other Christian music.
However, although the hymn Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow might be known worldwide, only a few know the origin of the song.
The song is also sometimes known as The Common Doxology (or simply The Doxology). It was written by Thomas Ken, an Anglican Bishop widely regarded as one of the fathers of English hymns. He wrote it in 1674 for his students when he became a chaplain at Winchester College (an all-boys school), to mark the passages of their days with the purpose of motivating them with their devotions. Ken was an Anglican priest who was orphaned at an early age. He served as a Rector to several parishes and became a chaplain for Princess Mary and later on, for the British Fleet. Thomas Ken has composed a number of poems and a book of prayers as well.
The doxology Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow that we sing today is actually the closing stanza to three longer hymns (“Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun,” “All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night,” and “My God, I Now from Sleep Awake”) which was also written by Thomas Ken.
For many years since the time it was written, this song has evolved from being a motivational song for students to a form of worship and Christian household tradition but still remains a song that expresses the beauty of the Holy Trinity. Several Christian denominations have adopted changes to the original composition to promote inclusivity of language, making way to various versions of the song.
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Lyrics for ‘Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow’
Praise God from whom all Blessings flow,
Praise him all Creatures here below,
Praise him above, ye Heavenly Host.
[United Church of Christ Version]
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.
[Unitarian Universalism Adaptation]
“From all that dwell below the skies
let songs of hope and faith arise;
let peace, goodwill on earth be sung
through every land, by every tongue.”
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