O Lord, Ordain Thy Servant   1 comment


Above:  The Ordination of Priests, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, June 22, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Words (1926) by the Reverend P. C. Paulsen (1881-1948)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage



1.  O Lord, ordain Thy servant

And turn to him Thy face

That he with spirit fervent

May preach Thy word of grace;

And with Thy gifts anointed

By prophecy and pray’r,

Let him go forth appointed

To serve Thy church with care.

2.  With tender mercy lead him

And set him on the Rock;

In pastures green Thou feed him

That he may feed Thy flock;

The gospel of salvation

Put Thou upon his lips

And lend him inspiration

To lead them in Thy steps.

3.  When hosts of hell assail him

And vex him with their might,

Thy mercy shall not fail him,

Nor shall Thy grace and light.

If darkness should enfold him

And cloud his spirit’s eye,

Thy mighty hand uphold him

And guide him from on high.

4.  Oh, meet him in his chamber

And listen to his pray’r;

With kindness him remember,

Surround him with Thy care,

And help him in his calling

To teach the heaven-born,

To warn the sinners falling

And comfort those who mourn.

5.  Thus, in Thy service use us

From early morn till night;

Let evil not confuse us,

Nor dim Thy Spirit’s light.

Thy people do

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