Holy, holy, holy, Love Now Ascending (hymn) — Jim Burklo, USA


Tune:  Nicaea  (Holy, Holy, Holy)

Words by Jim Burklo

(use freely with attribution)



Holy, holy, holy, love now ascending

Early in the morning our song shall rise to you

Holy, holy, holy, joy that has no ending

Giving, forgiving, breathing life anew.


Holy, holy, holy, love without a limit

Care that binds creation in sacred unity

Holy, holy, holy, birthing every minute,

Christ, Love’s revealer, sets our spirits free.


Holy, holy, holy, infinite compassion,

Makes a place for every soul in God’s eternal reign

Holy, holy, holy, truth beyond religion,

Love that endures should nothing else remain.


Holy, holy, holy, raise your voice in singing,

Join the cosmic chorus in praise of Love divine,

Holy, holy, holy, God beyond all naming,

Echoes our song in harmony sublime.


Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, writes progressive prayers, hymns and other worship items.  Many of his liturgical materials can be found in his book “Birdlike and Barnless:  Meditations, Prayers, and Songs for Progressive Christians”  (2008, St Johann Press).  Explore his blog for more words for worship.