720b. We pray thee, heavenly Father

1 We pray thee, heav'nly 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.

2 Be thou our guide and helper,
O Jesus 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.

3 And thou, creator Spirit,
look on us, we are thine;
renew in us thy grace,
upon our darkness shine;
that, with thy benediction
upon our souls outpoured,
we may receive in gladness
the body of the Lord.

4 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 blessed by thy forgiveness
we will not be afraid.

Text Information
First Line: We pray thee, heav'nly Father
Title: We pray thee, heavenly Father
Author: Vincent Stuckey Stratton Coles, 1845-1929
Meter: 76 76 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Holy Communion; The Holy Trinity; Year A: Easter 5 (4 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: William Lloyd, 1785-1852
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: D Major
Source: Later form of a melody by Lloyd

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