Monday, September 06, 2010

Who'd a thunk it?


The carillon of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church here in Gretna is playing "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" today.


A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
LSB 656
Text and Tune: Martin Luther (1483-1546)

1. A mighty Fortress is our God,
A trusty Shield and Weapon;
He helps us free from every need
That hath us now o'ertaken.
The old evil Foe
Now means deadly woe;
Deep guile and great might
Are his dread arms in fight;
On Earth is not his equal.

2. With might of ours can naught be done,
Soon were our loss effected;
But for us fights the Valiant One,
Whom God Himself elected.
Ask ye, Who is this?
Jesus Christ it is.
Of Sabaoth Lord,
And there's none other God;
He holds the field forever.

3. Though devils all the world should fill,
All eager to devour us.
We tremble not, we fear no ill,
They shall not overpower us.
This world's prince may still
Scowl fierce as he will,
He can harm us none,
He's judged; the deed is done;
One little word can fell him.

4. The Word they still shall let remain
Nor any thanks have for it;
He's by our side upon the plain
With His good gifts and Spirit.
And take they our life,
Goods, fame, child and wife,
Let these all be gone,
They yet have nothing won;
The Kingdom our remaineth.

2 comments:

Pr. Lehmann said...

"Lord Keep Us Steadfast In Thy Word" would be even better...

"Restrain the murderous Pope and Turk..."

Becky said...

About 30 years ago I went o RC Mass with my aunt and uncle. One of the hymns that day was "A Might Fortress." I was so surprised. They didn't see the irony I did, I guess.