Processional Hymn - "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise"
Camcorded live 28 September 2008
1-Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, your great name we praise.
2-Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
not wanting, not wasting, but ruling in might;
your justice like mountains high soaring above,
your clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.
3-Your life is life-giving to both great and small;
in all life you're living, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves and as flowers,
then wither and perish but naught dims your powers.
4-So perfect your glory, so brilliant your light,
your angels adore you, all veiling their sight;
all praise we now render as your angels do;
in awe at the splendor of light hiding you.
Tune: Saint Denio
Text: Walter C. Smith, 1867
Church of the Redeemer, Episcopal
Morristown, NJ, USA
The pipe organ is J.W. Steere, Opus 701
originally 4/40 drawknob console
now 3/49 stoptab console
Built and installed in 1918
Ernest M. Skinner bought out Steere in 1920 and Skinner ran Steere as a separate company for about a year. Then they brought it into the fold as a separate Skinner factory. For a time organs being built there had the Skinner name but were essentially Steere organs. Much of the great Skinner at Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA is Steere (1915 major enlargement of 1902 Hutchings). Final expansion to the Skinner instrument at Yale we know today was the 1928-1929 rebuild.