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Come, Risen Lord, and Deign to Be Our Guest   1 comment


Above:  The Right Reverend Robert Christopher Wright, Bishop of Atlanta, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Greensboro, Georgia, March 25, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Lutheran Book of Worship (1978)

Words by George Wallace Briggs (1875-1959)


1.  Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest;

Nay, let us be thy guests; the feast is thine.

Thyself at thine own board make manifest

In thine own sacrament of bread and wine.

2.  We meet, as in that Upper Room they met.

Thou at the table, blessing, yet dost stand.

“This is my body;” so thou givest yet;

Faith still receives the cup as from thy hand.

3.  One body we, one body who partake,

One Church united in communion blest,

One name we bear, one bread of life we break,

With all thy saints on earth and saints at rest.

4.  One with each other, Lord, for one in thee,

Who art one Savior and one living bread.

Then open thou our eyes, that we may see;

Be known to us in breaking of the bread.

For the Brave of Every Race   2 comments

Above:  Dedication of All Saints’ Chapel, St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, October 31, 2010

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1958), of the United Church of Christ

Words (1920) by George W. Briggs (1875-1959), a priest of The Church of England


1.  For the brave of every race,

All who served and fell on sleep,

Whose forgotten resting place

Rolling years have buried deep,

Brotherhood and sisterhood

Of earth’s age-long chivalry,

Source and giver of all good,

Lord, we praise, we worship thee.

2.  Prince and peasant, bond and free,

Warriors wielding freedom’s sword,

Bold adventurers on the sea,

Faithful stewards of the word,

Toilers in the mine and mill,

Toilers at the furnace blaze,

Long forgotten, living still,

All thy servants tell thy praise.

3.  Valiantly o’er sea and land

Trod they the untrodden way,

True and faithful to command,

Swift and fearless to obey;

Strong in heart and hand and brain,

Strong, yet batting for the weak,

Recked they not of their own gain,

Their own safety scorned to seek.

4.  Evermore their life abides

Who have lived t do thy will;

High above the restless tides

Stands their city on the hill;

Lord and light of every age,

By thy same sure counsel led,

Heirs of their great heritage,

In their footsteps we will trod.

George Wallace Briggs   Leave a comment

The Logo of The Church of England

Image Source = Wikipedia


Our Father, By Whose Servants:

Christ is the World’s True Light:

For the Brave of Every Race:

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Christ is the World’s True Light   2 comments

Above:  Light Shining

Image Source = Zouavman Le Zouave

Hymn Source = The Episcopal Hymnal 1940

Words by the Reverend George Wallace Briggs, an English priest


1.  Christ is the world’s true Light,

Its Captain of salvation,

The Day-star clear and bright

Of every man and nation;

New life, new hope awakes,

Where’er men own his sway:

Freedom her bondage breaks,

And night is turned to day.

2.  In Christ all races meet,

Their ancient feuds forgetting,

The whole round world complete,

From sunrise to its setting:

When Christ is throned as Lord,

Men shall forsake their fear,

To ploughshare beat the sword,

To pruning-hook the spear.

3.  One Lord, in one great Name

Unite us all who own thee;

Cast out our pride and shame

That hither to enthrone thee;

The world has waited long,

Has travailed long in pain;

To heal its ancient wrong,

Come, Prince of Peace, and reign.

Our Father, By Whose Servants, by George Wallace Briggs   4 comments

The Third Building of Trinity Episcopal Church, Statesboro, Georgia (Diocese of Georgia), Dedicated All Saints’ Day 2000; I was a member from 2001 to 2003

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George Wallace Briggs (1875-1959) was a vicar, rector, and canon of the Church of England.  The Episcopal Church’s Hymnal 1982, in which I found this hymn, states that it is especially appropriate “on the anniversary of the dedication of a church.”



1.  Our Father, by whose servants our house was built of old,

whose hand hath crowned her children with blessings manifold,

for thine unfailing mercies farstrewn along our way,

with all who passed before us, we praise thy Name today.

2.  Thy changeful years unresting their silent course have sped,

new comrades ever bringing in comrades’ steps to tread;

and some are long forgotten, long spent their hopes and fears;

safe rest in thy keeping, who changest not with years.

3.  They reap not where they labored; we reap what they have sown:

our harvest may be garnered by ages yet unknown.

The days of old have dowered us with gifts beyond all praise:

our Father, make us faithful to serve the coming days.