The Father of the Messiah
Used by the pope of the Roman Catholic Church
The origin of the Roman Catholic title, according to a catholiceducation.org  by Jean-Claude Perisset, was "born" during the Investiture Controversy.
- The qualifier “holy” underlines the spiritual dimension of this fatherhood exercised in the name of God; and we have already said that it does not imply a moral judgment on the person of the Pope. The expression “Holy Father” was born in the time of the controversy over lay investiture, and it seemed normal that in its becoming common usage in the acts of the chancery, the Roman Curia had then wished to underscore the spiritual and supernatural level of the mission of the Pope by adding the adjective “holy” — to defend implicitly the superiority of papal power over imperial power.
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Hymns containing Holy Father in their title or lyrics.
- Blest Creator of the Light Words: Possibly Gregory I (540-604) (Lucis Creator optime); translated from Latin to English by the compilers of Hymns Ancient and Modern, based on a version by John Chandler (1806-1876). Music: “Vienna,” Justin H. Knecht, 1797.
- Father, We Praise Thee Words: Gregory I (540-604) (Nocte surgenes vigilemus omnes); translated from Latin to English by Percy Dearmer in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 165. Music: “Christe Sanctorum,” French church melody (Paris: 1681).
- Father, Who Dost Thy Children Feed Words: George Body, in his revision of the Durham Hymn Book, 1885. Music: “Stella (Hemy),” variously described as a traditional English melody, or attributed to Henri F. Hemy.
- For the Dear Ones Parted from Us Words: Ada R. Greenaway, in Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1904. Music: “Calvary (Stanley),” Samuel Stanley, Twenty-Four Tunes in Four Parts, circa 1800.
- Holy Father, Bless Us Words: Calvin W. Laufer, 1921. Music: “Armentrout,” Calvin W. Laufer, 1921.
- Holy Father, Cheer Our Way Words: Richard H. Robinson, 1869. This hymn was written for the congregation of St. Paul’s, Upper Norwood, England, to be sung after the 3rd Collect at Evening Prayer. Music: “Vesperi Lux,” John B. Dykes (1823-1876).
- Holy Father, God Almighty Words: R. Michael Cullinan, 1996. Music: “Love Divine (Stainer),” John Stainer, 1889.
- Holy Father, Great Creator Words: Alexander V. Griswold, Prayers Adapted to Various Occasions of Social Worship, 1835. Music: “Regent Square,” Henry T. Smart, in Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (London: 1867).
- Holy Father, Hear My Cry Words: Horatius Bonar, 1843. Music: “Heinlein,” Nürnbergisches Gesangbuch, 1676; melody attributed to Martin Herbst (1654-1681), harmony by William H. Monk (1823-1889).
- Holy Father, In Thy Mercy Words: Isabel S. Stevenson, in Supplemental Hymns to Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1889. Music: “Cairnbrook,” Ebenezer Prout, in the Congregational Church Hymnal, 1887.
- Holy Father, Thou Hast Given Words: William Bruce, in the Presbyterian Hymnal, 1876. Music: “St. Margaret (Booth),” George Booth, before 1925.
- Holy, Holy, Holy Lord (Cullinan) Words: R. Michael Cullinan, 1996. Music: “Aberystwyth (Parry),” Joseph Parry, in Stephens’ Ail Lyfr Tonau ac Emynau, 1879.
- Holy God, We Praise Thy Name Words: Attributed to Ignaz Franz, in Maria Theresa’s Katholisches Gesangbuch (Vienna: circa 1774) (Grosser Gott, wir loben Dich); translated from German to English by Clarence A. Walworth, 1858. Music: “Te Deum,” Katholisches Gesangbuch (Vienna: circa 1774).
- O Holy Father, Who In Tender Love Words: Edward H. Bickersteth, 1889. Music: “Unde et Memores,” William H. Monk, 1875.
- Wake the Song Words & Music: William F. Sherwin (1826-1888).
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