Firmly I Believe [Song]

The hymn Firmly I Believe and Truly is a powerful affirmation and proclamation of faith. The text is an adaptation by Anthony Petti of a portion of the 1865 poem, The Dream of Gerontius by St John Henry Newman (1801-1890). The text captures the fundamental tenets of our faith and makes a great anthem for the Year of Faith and beyond. The contemporary tune by Mike Stanley makes the text accessible in a new way for young and old alike.


Firmly I believe and truly
God is Three and God is One
And I next acknowledge duly
Manhood taken by the Son
And I trust and hope most fully
In that Manhood crucified
And each thought and deed unruly
Do to death as He has died

I believe I believe O firmly I believe
That it’s true

Simply to His grace and wholly
Light and life and strength belong
And I love supremely solely
Him the holy Him the strong
And I hold in veneration
For the love of Him alone
Holy Church as His creation
And her teachings are His own

And I take with joy whatever
Now besets me pain or fear
And with a strong will I sever
All the ties which bind me here

Adoration aye be given
With and through the angelic host
To the God of earth and Heaven
Father Son and Holy Ghost

Words by St John Henry Newman
Music by Mike Stanley
Copyright © 2010 CJM Music Ltd
CCLI & OneLicense No. 7088636




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