Archive for the ‘Ordination’ Tag

Pour Out Thy Spirit From On High   1 comment

Above:  The Reverend Cynthia C. Knapp, New Rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Macon, Georgia, January 18, 2017

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Text (1833) by James Montgomery (1771-1854)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923), Moravian Church in America

A hymn for the ordination or installation of a minister

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Pour out Thy Spirit from on high;

Lord, Thine ordained servants bless,

Graces and gifts to each supply,

And clothe them with Thy righteousness.

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Within Thy temple where they stand,

To teach the truth, as taught by Thee,

Saviour!  like stars in Thy right hand,

The angels of the churches be.

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Wisdom, and zeal, and faith impart,

Firmness, with meekness from above,

To bear Thy people on their heart,

And love the souls whom Thou dost love;

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To watch and pray, and never faint,

By day and night strict guard to keep,

To warn the sinner, cheer the saint,

Nourish Thy lambs and feed Thy sheep.

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Then when their work is finished here,

In humble hope their charge resign;

When the Chief Shepherd shall appear,

O God!  may they and we be Thine.

Lord Jesus, With Thy Presence Bless   1 comment

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Above:  Ordination of Priests, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, June 25, 2016

Image Source = Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original German Text by Johannes de Watteville (1718-1788)

English Translation (1789)

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

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Lord Jesus, with Thy presence bless,

By land and sea, Thy witnesses;

In every danger them defend,

In every trial prove their friend.

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O may Thy Word in Christendom

Be blest and may Thy Kingdom come;

And may Thy servants joyful bring

New spoils, each day, to Thee, their King.

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Thy thoughts of peace o’er us fulfill,

Incline our hearts to do Thy will,

Thy Gospel make more fully known,

May all the world Thy goodness own.

We Pray Thee, Jesus, Who Didst First   1 comment

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Above:  Bishops Robert Wright and Keith Whitmore with Newly Ordained Priests, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, June 22, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Text (1863) by Greville Phillimore (1821-1884)

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

The first stanza in the version from In Memoriam (1884) reads:

Guide Thou, O God, the guardian hands,

Which rule Thy ransomed sheep;

And may they still fit shepherds choose

Thy flock to keep.

The subsequent stanzas in that version of the text are identical to the hymn text from the Moravian Hymnal and Liturgies (1923).

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We pray Thee, Jesus, Who didst first

The sacred band ordain,

In order due and holy life,

Thy Church sustain.

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We pray Thee, Jesus, with Thy gifts

Thy chosen servants bless,

With doctrine incorrupt and pure,

And righteousness.

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We pray Thee, Jesus, that their course

May still be clothed with power,

With miracles of love and strength,

Meet for the hour.

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O Holy Ghost, Anointer, come,

Pastor and people fill,

Till all the happy tribes of earth

Shall do Thy will.

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Then to the Father, and the Son,

And Holy Ghost, her praise

One living, undivided Church

Shall ever raise.

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O Lord, Ordain Thy Servant   1 comment

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

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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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

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/assembled-in-this-thy-house-danish-american-lutherans-1870-1962/

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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

Send to the Fields of Thy Harvest, O God   1 comment

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

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Words (1936) 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

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/assembled-in-this-thy-house-danish-american-lutherans-1870-1962/

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1.  Send to the fields of Thy harvest, O God,

Servants whom Thou has appointed;

Send them to labor at home and abroad,

Men by Thy Spirit anointed!

Quicken their labor of reaping,

For to the harvest the fields are white,

Waiting to yield their increase ere night

Into the care of Thy keeping!

2.  Aid them when stormy and turbulent skies

Threaten their pow’r of endurance!

Shield them when enemies cunningly rise,

Seeking to steal their assurance!

Guide with Thy counsel the keepers,

Lest evil forces, which come to kill,

Enter Thy harvest to work their will,

Harming the faith of the reapers!

3.  No man can fathom Thy wisdom, O God,

Nor can Thy judgments we measure;

But if we follow where Jesus has trod,

We shall rejoice in Thy pleasure.

Out of our anguish and sorrow

Rises the sun to dispel the night,

Bringing on wings of the dawn of light

Hopes for a brighter tomorrow.

4.  Lord of the harvest, we kneel at Thy feet,

Bringing these servants before Thee,

Praying that they, with Thy blessings replete,

Always may serve and adore Thee!!

Though they may labor with weeping,

Grant them to garner in Thy employ

Sheaves of Thy wheat with triumphant joy

Into the care of Thy keeping!

Lord of the Church, We Humbly Pray   2 comments

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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

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

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

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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.

The Solemn Service Now is Done   1 comment

Above:  Ordination of Deacons, Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, December 11, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Hymn Source = The Church Hymnal (1935), of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ

Words (1843) by the Reverend Samuel Francis Smith (1808-1895)

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1.  The solemn service now is doen;

The vow is pledged, the toil begun;

Seal thou, O God! the oath above,

And ratify the pledge of love.

2.  The shepherd of thy people bless;

Gird him with thine own holiness;

In duty may hes pleasure be,

His glory in his zeal for thee.

3.  Here let the ardent pray’r arise,

Faith fix its grasp beyond the skies,

The tear of penitence be shed,

And myriads to the Savior led.

4.  Come, Spirit! here consent to dwell;

The mists of earth and sin dispel:

Blest Savior! thine own rights maintain;

Supreme in ev’ry bosom reign.