Archive for the ‘Good Shepherd’ Tag

The Lord is My Shepherd; No Want Shall I Know   1 comment

Above:  The Chapel, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Covington, Georgia, May 7, 2017

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (1969), Moravian Church in America

Text (1819) by James Montgomery (1771-1854)

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The Lord is my Shepherd; no want shall I know;

I feed in green pastures, safe folded I rest;

He leadeth my soul where the still waters flow,

Restores me when wandering, redeems when oppressed.

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Through the valley and shadow of death though I stray,

Since Thou art my Guardian, no evil I fear,

Thy rod shall defend me, Thy staff be my stay,

No harm can befall with my Comforter near.

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In the midst of affliction my table is spread!

With blessings unmeasured my cup runneth o’er;

With perfume and oil Thou anointest my head;

O what shall I ask of Thy providence more?

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Let goodness and mercy, my bountiful God,

Still follow my steps till I meet Thee above,

I seek, by the path my forefathers trod

Through the land of their sojourn Thy kingdom of love.

With God and His Mercy   1 comment

Good Shepherd

Above:  Good Shepherd

Image in the Public Domain

Text by Carl Olof Rosenius (1816-1868)

Translated by Ernst W. Olson (1870-1958)

Hymn Source = The Concordia Hymnal:  A Hymnal for Church, School and Home (1932), U.S Norwegian Lutherans

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1.  With God and His mercy,

His Spirit, and word,

And loving communion at altar and board,

We meet with assurance the dawn of each day:

The Shepherd is with us,

The Shepherd is with us,

To lead and protect us, and teach us the way.

2.  In perilous times, amid tempest and night,

A band presses on through the gloom toward light;

Though humble, and meek, and disowned by the world,

They follow the Savior,

They follow the Savior,

And march on to glory, with banners unfurled.

3.  While groveling worldlings with dross are content,

And ever on sin and transgression are bent,

I follow, victorious hosts, at your word,

And march on to glory,

And march on to glory,

We march on to glory, our captain the Lord.

4.  The sign of the cross we triumphantly bear,

Though none of my kindred that emblem may wear;

I joyfully follow the champions of right,

Who march on to glory,

Who march on to glory,

Who march on to glory, with weapons of might.

5.  O Shepherd, abide with us, care for us still,

And feed us and lead us, and teach us Thy will;

And when in Thy heavenly folds we shall be,

Our thanks and our praises,

Our thanks and our praises,

Our thanks and our praises we’ll render to Thee.

Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us   1 comment

Good Shepherd 02

Above:  Good Shepherd

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1931/1935), U.S. Congregationalist

Words (1838) by Dorothy Ann Thrupp (1779-1847)

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1.  Saviour, like a shepherd lead us,

Much we need thy tender care;

In thy pleasant pastures feed us,

For our use thy folds prepare.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou hast bought us, thine we are;

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

2.  We are thine; do thou befriend us,

Be the Guardian of our way;

Keep thy flock, from sin defend us,

Seek us when we go astray.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Hear thy children when they pray;

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Hear thy children when they pray.

3.  Thou hast promised to receive us,

Poor and sinful tho’ we be;

Thou hast mercy to relieve us,

Grace to cleanse, and power to free.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Early let us turn to thee;

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Early let us turn to thee.

4.  Early let us seek thy favor;

Early let us do thy will;

Blessed Lord and only Saviour,

With thy love our bosoms fill.

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou hast loved us, love us still;

Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,

Thou hast loved us, love us still.

Wilt Thou Not, My Shepherd True   3 comments

Good Shepherd Icon

Above:  Icon of the Good Shepherd

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnary (1935), Norwegian Lutheran Church of America/The Evangelical Lutheran Church

Original German Words (1657) by Johann Scheffler (1624-1677)

English Translation (1841) by Frances Elizabeth Cox (1812-1897)

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1.  Wilt Thou not, my Shepherd true,

Spare Thy sheep, in mercy spare me?

Wilt Thou not, as shepherds do,

In Thine arms rejoicing bear me;

Bear me where all troubles cease,

Home to folds of joy and peace?

2.  With Thy flock I long to be,

With the flock to whom ’tis given

Safe to feed, and, praising Thee,

Roam the happy plains of heaven:

Free from fear of sinful stain,

They can never stray again.

3.  Lord! I am here sore beset,

Fears at every step confound me;

Lo! my foes have spread their net,

And with craft and might surround me:

Such their snares on every side,

Safe Thy sheep can ne’er abide.

4.  See, on earth’s wide desert way

How my truant steps mislead me;

Bring me back, no more to stray,

In Thine green pastures feed me,

Gather me within the fold,

Where Thy lambs Thy light behold.

O Dear Redeemer Crucified   2 comments

Good Shepherd Ravenna

Above:  The Good Shepherd; a Mosaic from Ravenna, Italy

Image in the Public Domain

Words (1919) by Anna Bernadine Dorothy Hoppe (1889-1941)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal and Order of Service (1925), The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod

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1.  O dear Redeemer crucified,

Thou faithful Shepherd who hast died

To save from death Thy helpless sheep,

We pray Thee, risen Saviour, keep

In Thy secure protection still

The sheep who hearken to Thy will.

2.  All we like sheep have gone astray

From Thy blest fold and lost our way,

Left pleasant pastures, verdant lands,

For barren wastes and desert sands;

But O, Thy shepherd-love so deep

Sought till it found Thy erring sheep.

3.  O Shepherd Saviour, we rejoice

To be Thine own, to hear Thy voice.

Bought with a price, we now are Thine,

And known of Thee, O Love divine!

By grace unto Thy fold restored,

Let us not stray again, dear Lord.

4.  Dear Lord, our eyes of faith behold

In truth one Shepherd and one fold,

Kept through the Spirit’s bond of peace

In unity which ne’er shall cease.

As Thou hast promised, we shall be

Thine own in all eternity.

Litany of the Good Shepherd   11 comments

Good Shepherd Mosaic, Ravenna, Italy

Image in the Public Domain

I like to collect liturgical books, especially prayer books, and to share gems from them.  Among the spiritual jewels I have found is the Litany of the Good Shepherd, from Novenas: Prayers of Intercession and Devotion, edited by William G. Storey and published by Loyola Press, in Chicago, Illinois, in 2005.  This litany comes from pages 55 and 56.

Most High God, Shepherd of Israel:

Hear us and help us, we humbly pray.

Good Shepherd, who was willing to die for the sheep:

Hear us and help us, we humbly pray.

Good Shepherd, who knows the name of each one of his sheep:

Hear us and help us, we humbly pray.

Good Shepherd, who revives our drooping spirits:

Hear us and help us, we humbly pray.

Good Shepherd, who goes after each sheep that strays:

Hear us and help us, we humbly pray.

Good Shepherd, who rescues his sheep from the wolves:

Hear us and help us, we humbly pray.

Good Shepherd, who guards and guides his wandering sheep:

Hear us and help us, we humbly pray.

Good Shepherd, who hears the prayers of the whole flock:

Hear us and help us, we humbly pray.

Good Shepherd, whose goodness and kindness follow us all the days of our life:

Hear us and help us, we humbly pray.

Good Shepherd, who pastures his sheep through all eternity:

Hear us and help us, we humbly pray.