Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sacramental Hymns: Consecration of a Church 487-488

Consecration of a Church
All things are thine; no gift have we – J Whitter

All things are thine; no gift have we,
Lord of all gifts, to offer thee:
and hence with grateful hearts today
thine own before thy feet we lay.

Thy will was in the builders' thought;
thy hand unseen amidst us wrought;
through mortal motive, scheme and plan,
thy wise eternal purpose ran.

In weakness and in want we call
on thee for whom the heavens are small;
thy glory is thy children's good,
thy joy thy tender Fatherhood.

O Father, deign these walls to bless;
fill with thy love their emptiness;
and let their door a gateway be
to lead us from ourselves to thee.

Only-begotten, Word of God eternal – Latin 9th Cent. / M Blacker trans

Only-Begotten, Word of God eternal,
Lord of Creation, merciful and mighty,
list to thy servants, when their tuneful voices
rise to thy presence.

Thus in our solemn feast of dedication,
graced with returning rites of due devotion,
ever thy children, year by year rejoicing,
chant in thy temple.

Here in our sickness healing grace aboundeth,
light in our darkness, in our toil refreshment;
sin is forgiven, hope o'er fear prevaileth,
joy over sorrow.

Hallowed this dwelling where the Lord abideth,
this is none other than the gate of heaven;
strangers and pilgrims, seeking homes eternal,
pass through its portals.

Lord, we beseech thee, as we throng thy temple,
by thy past blessings, by thy present bounty,
smile on thy children, and with tender mercy
hear our petitions.

God in Three Persons, Father everlasting,
Son co-eternal, ever-blessèd Spirit,
thine be the glory, praise and adoration,
now and for ever.

Sacramental Hymns: Ordination and Ember Days 482-486

Ordination and Ember Days
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire – Latin 9th Cent. / J Cosin

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
and lighten with celestial fire.
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above
is comfort, life, and fire of love.
Enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our soiled face
with the abundance of thy grace.
Keep far from foes, give peace at home:
where thou art guide, no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
and thee, of both, to be but One,
that through the ages all along,
this may be our endless song:

Praise to thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest – Latin 10th Cent. / E Caswall, R Mant, R Campbell trans

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
vouchsafe within our souls to rest;
come with thy grace and heavenly aid,
and fill the hearts which thou hast made.

To thee, the Comforter, we cry,
to thee, the Gift of God most high,
the Fount of life, the Fire of love,
the soul's anointing from above.

O Finger of the hand divine,
the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou,
who dost the tongue with power endow.

Thy light to every sense impart,
and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply
to strengthen our infirmity.

Drive far away our ghostly foe,
and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide,
no evil can our steps betide.

Praise we the Father and the Son
and Holy Spirit with them One;
and may the Son on us bestow
the gifts that from the Spirit flow.

Lord, pour thy Spirit from on high – J Montgomery

Lord, pour thy Spirit from on high,
and thine ordainèd servants bless;
graces and gifts to each supply,
and clothe thy priests with righteousness.

Within thy temple when they stand,
to teach the truth as taught by thee,
Savior, like stars in thy right hand,
let all thy Church's pastors be.

Wisdom and zeal and faith impart,
firmness with meekness, from above,
to bear thy people in their heart,
and love the souls whom thou dost love.

To watch and pray and never faint,
by day and night their guard to keep,
to warn the sinner, cheer the saint,
to feed thy lambs and tend thy sheep

So, when their work is finished here,
may they in hope their charge resign:
so, when their Master shall appear,
may they with crown of glory shine.

God of the prophets, bless the prophets' sons – D Wortman

God of the prophets! Bless the prophets' sons,
Elijah's mantle o'er Elisha cast;
each age its solemn task may claim but once;
make each one nobler, stronger, than the last.

Anoint them prophets! Make their ears attend
to thy divinest speech; their hearts awake
to human need; their lips make eloquent
to gird the right and every evil break.

Anoint them priests! Strong intercessors, they
for pardon and for charity and peace.
Ah, if with them the world might, now astray,
find in our Lord from all its woes release!

Anoint them kings; aye, kingly kings, O Lord.
Anoint them with the Spirit of thy Son.
Theirs not a jeweled crown, a blood stained sword;
theirs, by sweet love, for Christ a kingdom won.

Make them apostles, heralds of thy cross,
forth may they go to tell all realms thy grace;
inspired of thee, may they count all but loss,
and stand at last with joy before thy face.

Ye Christian heralds, go, proclaim – B Drapper

Ye Christian heralds, go proclaim
salvation through Emmanuel's Name;
to distant climes the tidings bear,
and plant the Rose of Sharon there.
Ruler of worlds, display thy power,
be this thy Zion's favored hour;
bid the bright morning star arise,
and point the nations to the skies.

Set up thy throne where Satan reigns,
on Afric shores, on India's plains;
on wilds and continents unknown,
and be the universe thine own!

Speak and the world shall hear thy voice;
speak and the deserts shall rejoice!
scatter the shades of mortal night;
let worthless idols flee the light!

Trusting in him, dear brethren, rear
the Gospel standard void of fear;
go seek with joy your destined shore,
to view your native land no more.

God shield you with a wall of fire,
with holy zeal your hearts inspire,
bid raging winds their fury cease,
and calm the savage breast to peace.

And when our labors are all o'er,
then may we meet to part no more;
meet with the ransomed throng to fall,
and crown the Savior Lord of all!

Sacramental Hymns: Burial of the Dead 474-481

Burial of the Dead
Into paradise may the angels lead you – trad latin / 1979 BCP trans

Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant – E. Orth Memorial Service – W Birkbeck trans

Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints:
where sorrow and pain are no more;
neither sighing but life everlasting.
Thou only art immortal, the creator and maker of man:
and we are mortal formed from the dust of the earth,
and unto earth shall we return:
for so thou didst ordain,
when thou created me saying:
"Dust thou art und unto dust shalt thou return."
All we go down to the dust;
and weeping o'er the grave we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Christ the Victorious, give to your servants – C Daw

Christ the victorious, give to your servants
rest with your saints in the regions of light.
Grief and pain ended, and sighing no longer,
there may they find everlasting life.

Only immortal one, mighty Creator!
We are your creatures and children of earth.
From earth you formed us, both glorious and mortal,
and to the earth shall we all return.

God-spoken prophecy, word at creation:
"You came from dust and to dust shall return."
Yet at the grave shall we raise up our glad song,
"Alleluia, alleluia!"

Christ the victorious, give to your servants
rest with your saints in the regions of light.
Grief and pain ended, and sighing no longer,
there may they find everlasting life.

For those we love within the veil – W Piggot

For those we love within the veil,
who once were comrades of our way,
we thank thee, Lord; for they have won
to cloudless day;

And life for them is life indeed,
the splendid goal of earth's strait race;
and where no shadows intervene
they see thy face.

Not as we knew them any more,
toil-worn, and sad with burdened care:
erect, clear-eyed, upon their brows
thy Name they bear.

Free from the fret of mortal years,
and knowing now thy perfect will,
with quickened sense and heightened joy,
they serve thee still.

0 fuller, sweeter is that life,
and larger, ampler is the air:
eye cannot see nor heart conceive
the glory there;

Nor know to what high purpose thou
dost yet employ their ripened powers,
nor how at thy behest they touch
this life of ours.

There are no tears within their eyes;
with love they keep perpetual tryst;
and praise and work and rest are one
with thee, 0 Christ.
Jesus, Son of Mary – E Palmer

Jesus, Son of Mary, fount of life alone,
here we hail thee present on thine altar-throne.
Humbly we adore thee, Lord of endless mighty,
in the mystic symbols veiled from earthly sight.

Think, O Lord, in mercy on the souls of those
who, in faith gone from us, now in death repose.
Here 'mid stress and conflict toils can never cease;
there, the warfare ended, bid them rest in peace.

Often were they wounded in the deadly strife;
heal them, good Physician, with the balm of life.
Every taint of evil, frailty and decay,
good and gracious Savior, cleanse and purge away.

Rest eternal grant unto them, after weary fight;
shed on them the radiance of thy heavenly light.
Lead them onward, upward, to the holy place,
where thy saints made perfect gaze upon thy face.

Now the laborer's task is o'er – J Ellerton

Now the laborer's task is o'er;
now the battle day is past;
now upon the farther shore
lands the voyager at last.

Father, in thy gracious keeping
leave we now thy servant sleeping.

There the tears of earth are dried;
there its hidden things are clear;
there the work of life is tried
by a juster Judge than here. Refrain

There the sinful souls, that turn
to the cross their dying eyes,
all the love of Christ shall learn
at His feet in Paradise. Refrain

There no more the powers of hell
can prevail to mar their peace;
Christ the Lord shall guard them well,
he who died for their release. Refrain

"Earth to earth, and dust to dust,"
calmly now the words we say;
left behind, we wait in trust
till the resurrection day. Refrain

God of the living – J Ellerton

God of the living, in whose eyes
unveiled thy whole creation lies,
all souls are thine; we must not say
that those are dead who pass away,
from this our world of flesh set free;
we know them living unto thee.

Released from earthly toil and strife,
with thee is hidden still their life;
thine are their thoughts, their works, their powers,
all thine, and yet most truly ours;
for well we know, where'er they be,
our dead are living unto thee.

Not spilled like water on the ground,
not wrapped in dreamless sleep profound,
not wandering in unknown despair
beyond thy voice, thine arm, thy care;
not left to lie like fallen tree;
not dead, but living unto thee.

Thy word is true, thy will is just;
to thee we leave them, Lord, in trust;
and bless thee for the love which gave
thy Son to fill a human grave,
that none might fear that world to see
where all are living unto thee.

O Breather into man of breath,
O Holder of the keys of death,
O Giver of the life within,
save us from death, the death of sin;
that body, soul and spirit be
for ever living unto thee.

O Lord, to whom the spirits live – R Littledale

O Lord, to whom the spirits live
of all the faithful passed away,
unto their path that brightness give
which shineth to the perfect day:
Light Eternal, Jesus blest,
shine on them and grant them rest.

Bless thou the dead that die in thee,
and make their painful labors cease,
O purge them from impurity,
and give them everlasting peace. Refrain

In thy green, pleasant pastures feed
the sheep which thou hast summoned hence;
and by the still, cool waters lead
thy flock in loving providence. Refrain

Heal thou the wounds of earthly strife,
pouring upon the faint thy balm,
the wearied with the toils of life
place in the breast of Abraham. Refrain

How long, O holy Lord, how long
must we and they expectant wait
to hear the gladsome bridal song,
to see thee in thy royal state? Refrain

O hearken, Savior, our their cry,
O rend the heavens and come down,
make up thy jewels speedily,
and set them in thy golden crown. Refrain

Direct us with thine arm of might,
and bring us perfected with them
to dwell within thy city bright,
the heavenly Jerusalem. Refrain

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sacramental Hymns: Matrimony 468-473

O God of love, to thee we bow – W Jenkins

O God of love, to thee we bow,
and pray for these before thee now,
that, closely knit in holy vow,
they may in thee be one.

Whatever comes to be their share
of quickening joy or burdening care,
in power to do and grace to bear,
may they in thee be one.

Eternal love, with them abide;
through change and chance be thou their guide,
let nothing in this life divide
those whom thou makest one.

O God, to those who here profess – C Price and C Wesley

Your love, O God, has called us here – R Shulz-Widmar

Your love, O God, has called us here,
for all love finds its source in you,
the perfect love that casts out fear,
the love thatChrist makes ever new.

O gracious God, you consecrate
all that is lovely, good, and true.
Bless us who in your presence wait,
our trust in your desires renew.

Your love will send us from this place;
reveal your will in all we do,
that every path of love we trace
may show the world its source in you.

O perfect Love, all human thought transcending – D Gurney

O perfect Love, all human thought transcending,
lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne,
that theirs may be the love which knows no ending,
whom thou forevermore dost join in one.

O perfect Life, be thou their full assurance,
of tender charity and steadfast faith,
of patient hope and quiet, brave endurance,
with childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death.

Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;
grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,
and to life's day the glorious unknown morrow
that dawns upon eternal love and life.

Lord, who at Cana's wedding feast – A Thrupp & G Thring

Lord, who at Cana's wedding feast
didst as a Guest appear,
thou dearer far than earthly guest,
Vouchsafe thy presence here.
For holy thou indeed dost prove
the marriage vow to be,
proclaiming it a type of love
between the Church and thee.

This holy vow that man can make,
the golden thread in life,
the bond that none may dare to break,
that bindeth man and wife,
which, blest by thee, whate'er betides,
no evil shall destroy,
through careworn days each care divides
and doubles every joy.

On those who now before thee kneel,
O Lord, thy blessing pour,
that each may wake the other's zeal
to love thee more and more.
O grant them here in peace to live,
in purity and love,
and, this world leaving, to receive
a crown of life above.

May the grace of Christ our Savior – J Newton

May the grace of Christ our Savior
and the Father's boundless love
with the Holy Spirit's favor,
rest upon us from above.

Thus may we abide in union
with each other and the Lord,
and possess, in sweet communion,
joys which earth cannot afford.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sacramental Hymns: Confirmation 464-467

Lord, we have come at your own invitation – F Green

Holy Spirit, Lord of love – W Maclagan

Holy Spirit, Lord of love,
thou who camest from above,
gifts of blessing to bestow
on your waiting Church below,
once again in love draw near
to thy servants gathered here.
From their bright baptismal day
thou hast led them on their way.

When the sacred vow is made,
when the hands are on them laid,
come in this most solemn hour
with your strengthening gift of power.
Give them light thy truth to see:
give them life to live for thee,
daily power to conquer sin,
patient faith, the crown to win.

As when, in far Samaria – L Hodges


O heavenly grace in holy rite descending – R Spencer

Sacramental Hymns: Holy Communion 457-463

Now the silence – J Vajda

Now the silence
Now the peace
Now the empty hands uplifted
Now the kneeling
Now the plea
Now the Father's arms in welcome
Now the hearing
Now the power
Now the vessel brimmed for pouring
Now the body
Now the blood
Now the joyful celebration
Now the wedding
Now the songs
Now the heart forgiven leaping
Now the Spirit's visitation
Now the Son's epiphany
Now the Father's blessing

Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing – H Gaunt

I am the bread of life – S Toolan
I am the bread of life
You who come to Me shall not hunger
And who believe in Me shall not thirst
No one can come to Me
Unless the Father beckons

And I will raise you up
And I will raise you up
And I will raise you up on the last day

The bread that I will give
Is My flesh for the life of the world
And if you eat of this bread
You shall live forever
You shall live forever


I am the resurrection
I am the life
If you believe in Me
Even though you die
You shall live forever


Yes Lord I believe
That You are the Christ
The Son of God
Who has come
Into the world 

For the bread which you have broken – L Benson

For the bread, which you have broken,
for the wine which you have poured,
for the words which you have spoken,
now we give you thanks, O Lord.

By this pledge, Lord, that you love us,
by your gift of peace restored,
by your call to heaven above us,
hallow all our lives, O Lord.

As our blessed ones adore you,
seated at our Father's board,
may the Church still waiting for you
keep love's tie unbroken, Lord.

In your service, Lord, defend us;
in our hearts keep watch and ward,
in the world to which you send us
let your kingdom come, O Lord.

O Bread of life, for sinners broken – T Lew / F Prices trans

O Bread of life, for sinners broken,
of God's own love his dearest token,
we hear the words
so gently spoken,
"Do this for me in my remembrance."

For all we seek
your grace sustaining;
your love shines though
your strength is waning,
thus by your death
our life obtaining,
"Come unto me, you heavy laden."

Now may your life
to us descending
enter our lives,
all veils thus rending,
Emmanuel, our joy unending,
"I am with you, this day and ever." 

Completed, Lord, the Holy Mysteries – St. Basil / C Pocknee

Completed, Lord,
the Holy Mysteries,
as far as lies within
our mortal power!
Thy death remembered,
feeding this on thee,
we here have known
the resurrection hour.

Here we have tasted
infinite delights,
beheld afar that life
which soon shall be;
oh, count us worthy,
Christ, thy joys to share
for ever in eternity with thee.

Through God's good grace
these Mysteries are ours,
ordained by thee,
the everlasting Son;
blest by the Spirit,
breath and flame of life,
to whom be praise
while endless ages run. 

Go forth for God: go forth to the world in peace – J Peacey

Go forth for God, go to the world in peace;
be of good courage, armed with heavenly grace,
in God's good Spirit daily to increase,
till in the kingdom we see face to face.
Go forth for God, go to the world in peace.

Go forth for God, go to the world in love;
strengthen the faint, give courage to the weak;
help the afflicted; richly from above
God's love supplies the grace and power we seek.
Go forth for God, go to the world in love.

Go forth for God, go to the world in strength;
hold fast the good, be urgent for the right;
render to no one evil; Christ at length
shall overcome all darkness with his light.
Go forth for God, go to the world in strength.

Go forth for God, go to the world in joy,
to serve God's people every day and hour,
and serving Christ, our every gift employ,
rejoicing in the Holy Spirit's power.
Go forth for God, go to the world in joy.