Saturday, December 17, 2022

Of the Father’s Love Begotten – Music Story

Who is that babe in the manger? God? Or a good man sent by God to save us? “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” is an ancient song affirming the deity of Jesus. It echoes the very earliest claims about Jesus.

The eyewitnesses proclaimed that Jesus is God.[1] The infant church believed that Jesus is God.[2] The ancient church officially acknowledged the deity of Jesus:

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
 eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.[3]

Spanish lawyer, Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, retired from public life to write poetry in defense of the deity of Jesus.[4]  The church used his fifth century poems to create liturgical hymns in worship of Jesus as God.[5] His poem, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” is still sung at Christmas

For almost two thousand years Jesus has been proclaimed, believed, acknowledged, defended, and worshipped as God! From the album “The HymnBook – Thirty-Four Hundred Years of Praise” this video is scrolling playback of Prudentius’ Christmas carol.


You can get print (PDF) and/or digital (MusicXML™) sheet music for Of the Father’s Love Begotten for Celtic Instruments.

Sheet Music
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(MusicXML™ is the standard open format for sharing digital sheet music. Check the help files in your music notation app for directions on importing MusicXML™ files.) 

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