Thursday, January 29, 2009

For Pope Benedict and the Anglo-Catholics: A Hymn for January 2009: 'Lord of our Life, and God of our Salvation'

Original German by M.A. Lowenstern (1644)
English by P. Pusey (1840)
Tune: 'Cloisters'
(Reached through link near top of side-bar)

NB. Verse 4. J Mossendew 2009 (Apologies to Pusey for other slight changes.)
Optional for Anglo-Catholics. I pray that today's rumour is true and they will soon come home and enjoy singing it with us in full gusto. It should be familiar from its inclusion in traditional Anglican hymnals e.g. 'Hymns Ancient and Modern' 1868).

1.Lord of our life, and God of our salvation,
Star of our night, and Hope of every nation,
Hear and receive Thy Church's supplication,
Lord God Almighty.

2. See round Thy Barque the hungry billows curling,.
See how her foes their banners are unfurling.
Lord, while their darts envenom'd they are hurling,
Thou canst preserve her.

3. Lord, Thou canst help when earthly armour faileth;
Lord, Thou canst save when sin itself assaileth;
Lord, o'er Thy Rock nor death nor hell prevaileth;
Grant it Thy peace, Lord.

4. Uphold your 'Rock', in Peter's shoes, withstanding,
Give him thy peace that passes understanding;
Health, strength and love, through years of great longstanding.
Shield our dear Pope, Lord.

5. Peace in our hearts, our evil thoughts assuaging,
Peace in Thy Church, where brothers are engaging,
Peace, as the world, its cruel wars is waging;
Calm the sea's raging.

6 Grant us Thy help till foes are backward driven;
Grant them Thy Truth, that they may be be-shriven;
Grant peace on earth, and after we have striven,
Home in Thy Heaven.

Altogether now......! Well you know what an optimist I am.


Clare A said...

If true, this rumour is great good news. And in time for the Year of St Paul (St P outside the Walls was once the Rome church of the Knights of the Garter), and the Beatification of Ven J H Newman.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
now to his temple draw near;
praise him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him.
Let the amen
sound from his people again,
gladly for aye we adore him.

One must not be too quick to presume, but if this comes true, my rejoicing will be long and loud (and VERY embarrassing for my family)

Jane said...


You've commented with another favourite hymn of mine. We used to sing it at school.

Please God, let it be true.