Archive for the ‘Morning Prayer’ Tag

Come, O Lord, Like Morning Sunlight   1 comment

Morning Mist on Lake

Above:  Morning Mist on Lake

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1927) by Milton S. Littlefield (1864-1934)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)

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1.  Come, O Lord, like morning sunlight,

Making all life new and free;

For the daily task and challenge

May we rise renewed in thee.

2.  Come, O Lord, like ocean floodtides,

Flowing inland from the sea;

As the waters fill the shallows,

May our souls be filled with thee.

3.  Come, O Lord, like mountain breezes,

Freshening life in vale and lea;

In the heat and stress of duty

May our souls find strength in thee.

4.  Come, O Lord, like evening twilight,

Bringing peace on land and sea;

At the radiant close of labor

May our souls find rest in thee.

O Lord of Life, Thy Quickening Voice   Leave a comment

Morning Sunrise in the Woods

Above:  Morning Sunrise in Woods

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1860) by George MacDonald (1824-1905)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)

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1.  O Lord of life, thy quickening voice

Awakes my morning song!

In gladsome words I would rejoice

That I to thee belong.

2.  I see thy light, I feel thy wind;

The world, it is thy word;

Whatever wakes my heart and mind

Thy presence is, my Lord.

3.  Therefore I choose my highest part,

And turn my face to thee;

Therefore I stir my inmost heart

To worship fervently.

Bring, O Morn, Thy Music   1 comment

Scottish Countryside in the Morning

Above:  Scottish Countryside in the Morning

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1893) by William Channing Gannett (1840-1923)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)

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1.  Bring, O morn, thy music, night, thy starlit silence;

Oceans, chant the rapture to the storm-winds coursing free:

Sun and stars are singing, thou art our Creator,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

2.  Life and death, thy creatures, praise thee, Mighty Giver:

Praise and prayer are rising in thy beast and bird and tree:

Lo! they praise and vanish, vanish at thy bidding,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3.  Light us, lead us, love us! cry thy groping nations,

Pleading in the thousand tongues, but naming only thee,

Weaving blindly out thy holy, happy purpose,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

4.  Life nor death can part us, O thou Love eternal,

Shepherd of the wandering star, and souls that wayward flee;

Homeward draws our spirit to thy Spirit yearning,

Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Te Deum Laudamus (II)   3 comments

Christ in Majesty Chartres Cathedral

Above:  Christ in Majesty, Chartres Cathedral

Image in the Public Domain

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

Traditional Latin Text

English Translation (1911) by Carl Doving (1867-1937)

Another translation is here.

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1.  Thee God we praise, Thy name we bless,

Thee Lord of all we do confess;

The whole creation worships Thee,

The Father of eternity.

2.  To Thee aloud all angels cry,

The heavens and all the powers on high,

The cherubs and the seraphs join,

And thus they hymn Thy praise divine:

3.  O holy, holy, holy Lord,

Thou God of hosts, by all adored,

Earth and the heavens are full of Thee,

Thy light, Thy power, Thy majesty.

4.  The apostles join the glorious throng,

The prophets swell the immortal song,

The white-robed hosts of martyrs bright

All serve and praise Thee day and night.

5.  The holy Church in every place

Throughout the world exalts Thy praise

And ever doth acknowledge Thee,

Father of boundless majesty.

6.  O God eternal, mighty King,

We unto Thee our praises bring;

And to Thy true and only Son,

And Holy Spirit, Three in One.

7.  O King of glory, Christ the Lord,

God’s everlasting Son–the Word,

To rescue mankind from its doom,

Thou didst our very flesh assume.

8.  Thou overcamest death’s sharp sting,

Believers unto heaven to bring;

At God’s right hand, exalted there,

Thou dost the Father’s glory share.

9.  And we believe Thou wilt descend

To be our judge, when comes the end;

Thy servants help, whom Thou, O God,

Hast ransomed with Thy precious blood.

10.  Among Thy saints let us be found

With glory everlasting crowned;

Thy people save from age to age,

And bless Thy chosen heritage.

11.  O guide them, lift them up for aye;

We magnify Thee day by day,

Thy name we worship and adore,

World without end, for evermore.

12.  Vouchsafe, O Lord, we humbly pray,

to keep us safe from sin this day:

O Lord, have mercy on us all,

Have mercy on us, when we call.

13.  Thy mercy, Lord, to us extend,

As on Thy mercy we depend:

Lord, I have put my trust in Thee,

Confounded let me never be.

In the Morning I Will Raise   1 comment

In the Morning I Will Rise

Above:  The Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1911), Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Words (1840) by the Reverend William Henry Furness (1802-1896), a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Unitarian minister involved in then-radical causes, such as the abolition of slavery

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1.  In the morning I will raise

To my God the voice of praise;

With His kind protection blest,

Sweet and deep has been my rest.

2.  In the morning I will pray

For His blessing on the day;

What this day shall be my lot,

Light or darkness, know I not.

3.  Should it be with clouds o’ercast ,

Clouds of sorrow gathering fast,

Thou, who givest light Divine,

Shine within me, Lord, O shine.

4.  Show me, if I tempted be,

How to find all strength in Thee,

And a perfect triumph win

Over every bosom sin.

5.  Keep my feet from secret snares,

Keep my eyes, O God, from tears,

Every step Thy grace attend,

And my soul from death defend.

6.  Then, when fall the shades of night,

All within shall still be light;

Thou wilt peace around diffuse,

Gently as the evening dews.

Lord God of Morning and of Night   1 comment

Lord God of Morning and of Night

Above:  Part of the Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1904), National Council of Congregational Churches of the United States

Words (1862) by Francis Turner Palgrave (1824-1897)

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1.  Lord God of morning and of night,

We thank thee for thy gift of light;

As in the dawn the shadows fly,

We seem to find thee now more nigh.

2.  Fresh hopes have wakened in the heart,

Fresh force to take the loftier part;

Thy slumber-balms our strength restore,

Throughout the day to serve thee more.

3.  Yet whilst thy will we would pursue,

Oft what we would we cannot do;

The sun may stand in zenith skies,

But on the soul thick midnight lies.

4.  O Lord of lights, ’tis thou alone

Canst make our darkened hearts thine own:

Though this day with joy we see,

Great dawn of God, we cry for thee.

5.  Praise God, our Maker and our Friend;

Praise him through time, till time shall end;

Till psalm and song his name adore

Thro’ heaven’s great day of evermore.

Lord of All Hopefulness   Leave a comment

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

Words by Jan Struther (1901-1953)

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1.  Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,

whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,

be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,

your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

2.  Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,

whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,

be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,

your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

3.  Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,

your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,

be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,

your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

4.  Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,

whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,

be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,

your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

Come, Thou Bright and Morning Star   2 comments

Above:  St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, Conyers, Georgia, September 9, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal (1958)

Original German words by the Baron Christian Knorr von Rosenroth (1636-1689)

English translation by Richard Massie (1800-1887)

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1.  Come, thou bright and morning star,

Light of light, without beginning,

Shine upon us from afar,

Like the morn when mists are thinning;

Drive away by thy clear light

Our dark night.

2.  Let thy grace, like morning dew

Falling on the barren places,

Comfort, quicken, and renew

All dry souls and dying graces;

Bless thy flock from thy rich store

Evermore.

3.  May thy fervent love destroy

All cold works, in us awaking

Ardent courage, zeal, and joy,

At the purple morn’s first breaking;

Life has set.

4.  Light us to the heavenly spheres,

Sun of grace, in glory shrouded;

Lead us through this vale of tears,

To the land where days unclouded,

Purest joy and perfect peace,

Never cease.

God of Our Life, All-Glorious Lord   Leave a comment

Above:  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, LaGrange, Georgia, August 19, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Hymn Source = Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal (1958)

Words by the Reverend Paul Zeller Strodach (1876-1947), a minister and liturgist of the former United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962), a predecessor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1987-); he translated a German baptismal liturgy and wrote A Manual for Worship (1930, 1946), a standard work within U.S. Lutheranism at the time

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1.  God of our life, all-glorious Lord,

Be now and everywhere adored!

Into the opening of this day

Bring grace, and love, and peace, we pray.

2.  Make clear our path, that we may see

Where we must walk to be with thee,

And listen alway for thy voice

That we may make thy way our choice.

3.  Give help for doing every task,

Nor let us fail of thee to ask

For grace in speech, for love in deed,

From wrongful actions to be freed.

4.  Inspire us to do some deed

For others’ good to help in need;

To rescue and to lead from shame;

To bless with comfort in  thy Name.

5.  Thus may we walk our way with thee,

Enabled by thy grace to be

A little less unworthy, Lord,

Of thee our Friend, our Holy God.

6.  At eventide then we will raise

A grateful heart in songs of praise;

And worship thee, and thy dear Son,

With God the Spirit, ever One.

Prayer for the Beginning of the Day   1 comment

Above:  Sunrise

Image Source = Handyhuy

Prayer Source = The Orthodox Study Bible (2008), page 1793

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O Lord, grant me to greet the coming of the day in peace,

help me in all things to rely upon Your holy will.

In every hour of the day reveal Your will to me.

Bless my dealings with all who surround me.

Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul

and with firm conviction that Your will governs all.

In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings.

In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by You.

Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others.

Give me strength to hear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring.

Direct my will, teach me pray.

And, Yourself, pray in me.  Amen.