|1||O God, our Father, in compassion hear
Our prayer to Thee, and in Thy love draw near;
Forgive our sin, and ever with us stay
In cloud or sunshine through the live-long day.
|2||Come, Lord, and bless this Parish with the grace
Which helps Thy children in the Christian race;
Breathe on dead souls, and rouse them into life;
Give courage, hope, and conquest in the strife.
|3||Lead on the young: their faltering footsteps guide,
And for their weakness heavenly help provide;
Be Thou their strength, as years on years increase,
And to the agèd give Thy heavenly peace.
|4||Our clergy bless, and teach them souls to win,
To guide the wanderers from the paths of sin:
Give them their people’s love, and reverence due;
And, when downcast, their fading hopes renew.
|5||Make us receive their message, which is Thine,
And clothe the living word with power divine:
And to our souls do Thou Thyself present,
As we partake the holy sacrament.
|6||Bless all who labor in Thy sacred cause
With loyal hearts to teach Thy holy laws;
Give them Thy light, without which all is night,
Till faith and hope be lost in perfect sight. Amen.