648. Heavenly Father, send thy blessing

1 Heavenly Father, send thy blessing
on thy children gathered here,
may they all, thy name confessing,
be to thee for ever dear;
may they be, like Joseph, loving,
dutiful, and chaste, and pure;
and their faith, like David, proving,
steadfast unto death endure.

2 Holy Saviour, who in meekness
didst vouchsafe a child to be,
guide their steps, and help their weakness,
bless and make them like to thee;
bear thy lambs, when they are weary,
in thine arms and at thy breast;
through life’s desert, dry and dreary,
bring them to thy heavenly rest.

3 Spread thy golden pinions o’er them,
Holy Spirit, from above,
guide them, lead them, go before them,
give them peace, and joy, and love;
thy true temples, Holy Spirit,
may they with thy glory shine,
and immortal bliss inherit,
and for evermore be thine.

Text Information
First Line: Heavenly Father, send thy blessing
Author: Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-1877
Meter: D with Refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 2010
Topic: Sacraments and Other Occasions: For the Young
Tune Information
Name: IONA
Composer: John Stainer, 1840-1901
Meter: D with Refrain
Key: E♭ Major

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