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Edward Osler (1798-1863) was a surgeon-turned-hymn writer and journalist in England.


Lord of the Church, We Humbly Pray:

O God, Unseen, Yet Ever Near:


Posted August 17, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Sources O

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

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1933), of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Words (1836) by Edward Osler (1798-1863)


1.  Lord of the Church, we humbly pray

For those who guide us in Thy way,

And speak Thy holy Word;

With love divine their hearts inspire,

And touch their lips with hallowed fire,

And needful grace afford.

2.  Help them to preach the truth of God,

Redemption through the Saviour’s blood;

Nor let the Spirit cease

On all the Church His gifts to shower:

To them, a Messenger of power,

To us, of life and peace.

3.  So may they live to Thee alone,

Then hear the welcome word, “Well done!”

And take their crown above;

Enter into their Master’s joy,

And all eternity employ

In praise and bliss and love.

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Above:  The Right Reverend Keith Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Atlanta, at St, Anne’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, July 28, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Source = the Lutheran Common Service Book (1917)

Words (1836) by Edward Osler (1798-1863)


1.  O God, unseen, yet ever near,

Thy presence may we feel;

And thus, inspired with holy fear,

Before Thine altar kneel.

2.  Here may Thy faithful people know

The blessings of Thy love;

The streams that through the desert flow,

The manna from above.

3.  We come, obedient to Thy Word,

To feast on heavenly food;

Our meat the Body of the Lord,

Our drink His precious Blood.

4.  Thus may we all Thy words obey,

For we, O God, are Thine;

And go rejoicing on our way,

Renewed with strength divine.