Firmly I believe and truly

A hymn to sing along with…

The traditional version of this hymn written by John Henry Newman can be found here.

This version has a modern tune Alton by Revd Patrick Robert Norman Appleford (1925-2018). He served his first curacy at All Saints, Poplar. With Revd Geoffrey Beaumont and others he was a founder of the “Twentieth Century Church Light Music Group” around 1960, which significantly affected the development of hymn-writing and hymn-singing across English-speaking churches from that time onwards. He served as Dean of Lusaka, Zambia 1966-1972 before returning to England to a parish in Hereford diocese. He was Director of Education in Chelmsford Diocese from 1975 until he retired in 1990.

Revd Canon Veronica Hydon also served at All Saints Poplar – as Parish Deacon 1991-94 and Curate 1994-1995. (At that time in the Diocese of London, an ordained Deacon was not given the title of Curate until ordained as a Priest.)


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.

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 as his own.

Adoration ay be given,
with and through the angelic host,
to the God of earth and heaven,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Father, Son and Holy Ghost

  • Veronica on Firmly I believe and trulyLove this tune 🙂 and fond reminders my shared connections with both Poplar and Chelmsford 🙂 P.S. I may be...

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  1. Love this tune 🙂 and fond reminders my shared connections with both Poplar and Chelmsford 🙂

    P.S. I may be wrong, but at the time when I was “serving my title” (as they used to call it) in the Parish of Poplar, I think it was only the women deacons who were given the attribute “Parish Deacon” whereas the men were known straightaway as “Assistant Curate” even before being ordained priest…. However, things have improved dramatically in recent years and now there is even a woman in post as Bishop of London!?! Hooray! 🙂

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