Archive for the ‘Peace’ Tag

The Prince of Peace His Banner Spreads   2 comments

Above:  Apotheosis of War, by Vasily Vereshchagin

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1930) by Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1941), Evangelical and Reformed Church

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The Prince of Peace His banner spreads,

His wayward folk to lead

From war’s embattled hates and dreads,

Its bulwarked ire and greed.

O marshal us, the sons of sires

Who braved the cannon’s roar,

To venture all that peace requires

As they dared death for war.

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Lead on, O Christ!  That haunting song

No centuries can dim,

Which long ago the heavenly throng

Sang over Bethlehem;

Cast down our rancor, fear, and pride,

Exalt goodwill again!

Our worship doth Thy name deride,

Bring we not peace to men.

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Thy pardon, Lord, for war’s dark shame,

Its death-strewn, bloody fields!

Yet thanks to Thee for souls aflame

Who dared with swords and shields!

O Christ, who died to give men life,

Bring that victorious hour,

When man shall use for peace, not strife,

His valor, skill, and power.

Bring Peace to Earth Again   2 comments

Ruins of Old St. Michael’s Cathedral, Coventry, England, with the New Cathedral to the Right

Image Source = Wikipedia

The Official Website of the Cathedral:

http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/

Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Words (in 1996) by the Reverend Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. (1923-2007), a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1976-1989)

(http://www.wfn.org/2007/03/msg00237.html)

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1.  Where armies scourge the countryside,

and people flee in fear,

where sirens scream through flaming nights,

and death is ever near:

O God of mercy, hear our prayer:

bring peace to earth again!

2.  Where anger festers in the heart,

and strikes with cruel hand;

where violence stalks the troubled streets,

and terror haunts the land:

O God of mercy, hear our prayer:

bring peace to earth again!

3.  Where homes are torn by bitter strife,

and love dissolves in blame;

where walls you meant for shelt’ring care

hide deeds of hurt and shame:

O God of mercy, hear our prayer:

bring peace to earth again!

4.  O God, whose heart compassionate

ev’ry human pain,

redeem this violent, wounding world

till gentleness shall reign.

O God of mercy, hear our prayer:

bring peace to earth again!