Hymn – We pray thee, heavenly Father – Lyrics
We pray Thee, heavenly Father, to hear us in Thy love,
And pour upon Thy children the unction from above;
That so in love abiding, from all defilement free,
We may in pureness offer our Eucharist to Thee.
Be Thou our Guide and Helper, O Jesu Christ, we pray;
So may we well approach Thee, if Thou wilt be the Way:
Thou, very Truth, hast promised to help us in our strife,
Food of the weary pilgrim, eternal Source of life.
And Thou, Creator Spirit, look on us, we are Thine;
Renew us in Thy graces, upon our darkness shine;
That, with Thy benediction, upon our souls outpoured,
We may receive in gladness the body of the Lord.
O Trinity of Persons! O Unity most high!
On Thee alone relying Thy servants would draw nigh;
Unworthy in our weakness, on Thee our hope is stayed,
And blest by Thy forgiveness we will not be afraid.
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- Verses: 4
- Tune: Dies Dominica
- Meter: 76 76
- Style: Victorian Hymn
- Usage: Eucharist
- Composer: John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876)
- Lyricist: Vincent Stuckey Stratton Coles (1845 – 1929)
- Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
- Performance Copyright © 2011 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.