Children Dedicated to Christ

The Savior kindly calls Our children to His breast

Author: Philip Doddridge; Alterer: Henry Ustick Onderdonk
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1 Our children Jesus calls
To his most dear embrace.
He holds them in his mighty arms
Through their baptismal grace.

2 "Let them approach," he cries,
"Nor scorn their humble claim.
The heirs of heav'n are such as these;
For such as these I came."

3 With joy we bring them, Lord,
Devoting them to you,
And pray, "As you show love to us,
So love our children, too."

Source: Christian Worship (1993): a Lutheran hymnal #296

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Alterer: Henry Ustick Onderdonk

Henry Ustick Onderdonk, Bishop of Pennsylvania, was born in New York, March 16, 1789, and educated at Columbia College, B.A. 1805, M.A. 1808, D.D. 1827. Having decided to devote his life to medicine, he studied first in London and then in Edinburgh, receiving his M.D. from that university in 1810. Returning to New York, he began to study theology under Bishop Hobart and was ordained in 1815. He was rector of St. Ann's, Brooklyn, until 1827 when, following a famous controversy, he was elected bishop coadjutor of Pennsylvania, becoming diocesan in 1836 upon the death of Bishop White. He, with W.A. Muhlenberg, q.v., was influential on the committee appointed by General Convention to prepare the so-called Prayer Book Collection, 1826. The… Go to person page >

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First Line: The Savior kindly calls Our children to His breast
Title: Children Dedicated to Christ
Author: Philip Doddridge
Alterer: Henry Ustick Onderdonk
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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