O God, the Eternal Father


O God, the Eternal Father


1. O God, th’Eternal Father,

Who dwells amid the sky,

In Jesus’ name we ask thee

To bless and sanctify,

If we are pure before thee,

This bread and cup of wine,

That we may all remember

That offering divine—

2. That sacred, holy off’ring,

By man least understood,

To have our sins remitted

And take his flesh and blood,

That we may ever witness

The suff’ring of thy Son,

And always have his Spirit

To make our hearts as one.

3. When Jesus, the Anointed,

Descended from above

And gave himself a ransom

To win our souls with love—

With no apparent beauty,

That man should him desire—

He was the promised Savior,

To purify with fire.

4. How infinite that wisdom,

The plan of holiness,

That made salvation perfect

And veiled the Lord in flesh,

To walk upon his footstool

And be like man, almost,

In his exalted station,

And die, or all was lost.

Text: William W. Phelps, 1792–1872

Music: Felix Mendelssohn, 1809–1847

Doctrine and Covenants 20:77, 79

Isaiah 53:2–5