O Gracious Light


O Gracious Light

"O Gracious Light, also known as the Phos Hilaron, is one of the oldest known Christian hymns, probably dating back to the 3rd or 4th Century. It is part of Evening Prayer in Anglican worship, but can be used by anyone at any time, especially when lighting a candle. When Adam, Cameron and I got together to write a song, Adam showed us a melody line that had been floating around in his head for a couple years. I pulled out my Book of Common Prayer and suggested applying "O gracious light" to the melody line. The rest of the song came together rather quickly. We set the prayer verbatim, only adding the hook "O gracious light" at several points throughout. This repetition makes the song more accessible to congregations, and especially children. I often use this song to end our Liturgical Folk concerts, inviting my kids to come and sing it with us." (Ryan Flanigan)

Written by Ryan Flanigan (BMI), Adam Cates (BMI), Cameron Walker (ASCAP)
© 2017 Common Hymnal Digital (BMI), Ryan Flanigan Music (BMI), Adam Cates Music (BMI), Common Hymnal Publishing (ASCAP), 10000 Fathers (ASCAP) (admin by CapitolCMGPublishing.com). CCLI 7106952.

O gracious light
Pure brightness of the everliving father in heaven
O gracious light
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed

Now as we come to the setting of the sun
And our eyes behold the vesper light
We sing your praises, O God
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

O gracious light
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices
O gracious light
O Son of God, O Giver of Life

And to be glorified in all the worlds
O gracious light




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