188.8.131.52 D (sing to King’s Lynn)
(Sing the initial stanza each time)
From all Thy saints in warfare, for all Thy saints at rest,
To Thee, O blessèd Jesus, all praises be addressed;
Thou, Lord, didst win the battle, that they might conquerors be;
Their crowns of living glory are lit with rays from Thee.
(Next sing the stanza for the appropriate feast day)
(St. Andrew, Apostle, November 30)
Praise, Lord, for Thine apostle, the first to welcome Thee,
The first to lead his brother the very Christ to see.
With hearts for Thee made ready, watch we throughout the year,
Forward to lead our brethren to own Thine Advent near.
(St. Thomas, Apostle, December 21)
All praise for Thine apostle, whose short lived doubtings prove
Thy perfect twofold nature, the fullness of Thy love.
On all who wait Thy coming shed forth Thy peace, O Lord,
And grant us faith to know Thee, true Man, true God, adored.
(St. Stephen, Deacon, December 26)
Praise for the first of martyrs, who saw Thee ready stand
To aid in midst of torments, to plead at God’s right hand.
Share we with him, if summoned by death our Lord to own,
On earth the faithful witness, in heaven the martyr’s crown.
(St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, December 27)
Praise for the loved disciple, exiled on Patmos’ shore;
Praise for the faithful record he to Thy Godhead bore,
Praise for the mystic vision through him to us revealed.
May we, in patience waiting, with Thine elect be sealed.
(Holy Innocents, Martyrs, December 28)
Praise for Thine infant martyrs, by Thee with tenderest love
Called early from the warfare to share the rest above.
O Rachel! cease thy weeping: they rest from pains and cares.
Lord, grant us hearts as guileless and crowns as bright as theirs.
(St. Peter’s Confession, January 18)
Praise for thy great apostle so eager and so bold,
Thrice falling, yet repentant, thrice charged to feed Thy fold.
Lord, make Thy pastors faithful to guard Thy flock from harm,
And hold them when they waiver with Thy almighty arm.
(Sts. Timothy and Titus, Pastors, stanza protected by copyright, see Lutheran Service Book 517, stanza 11)
(St. Paul’s Conversion, January 25)
Praise for the light from heaven, praise for the voice of awe,
Praise for the glorious vision the persecutor saw.
Thee, Lord, for his conversion, we glorify today;
So lighten all our darkness with Thy true Spirit’s ray.
(St. Matthias, Apostle, February 24)
Lord, Thine abiding presence directs the wondrous choice
For one in place of Judas the faithful now rejoice.
Thy Church from false apostles forevermore defend,
And by Thy parting promise be with her to the end.
(St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus, stanza protected by copyright, see Lutheran Service Book 517, stanza 14)
(St. Mark, April 25)
For him, O Lord, we praise Thee, the weak by grace made strong,
Whose labors and whose Gospel enrich our triumph song.
May we in all our weakness find strength from Thee supplied,
And all, as fruitful branches, in Thee, the Vine, abide.
(Sts. Philip and James, Apostles, May 1)
All praise for Thine apostle, blest guide to Greek and Jew,
And for young James the faithful, who heard and followed You,
And grant us grace to know Thee, the Way, the Truth, the Life;
To wrestle with temptations still victors in the strife.
(St. Barnabas, Apostle, June 11)
The son of consolation, moved by Thy law of love,
Forsaking earthly treasures, sought riches from above.
As earth now teems with increase, let gifts of grace descend,
That Thy true consolations may through the world extend.
(The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, June 24)
We praise Thee for the Baptist, forerunner of the Word,
Our true Elias, making a highway for the Lord.
Of prophets last and greatest, we saw Thy dawning ray:
Make us the rather blessèd who love Thy glorious day.
(Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29)
Praise for thy great apostle, the eager and the bold;
Thrice falling, yet repentant, thrice charged to keep Thy fold.
Lord, make Thy pastors faithful to guard their flocks from ill,
And grant them dauntless courage, with humble, earnest will.
(St. Mary Magdalene, July 22)
All praise for Mary Magdalene, whose wholeness was restored
By Thee, her faithful master, her Savior and her Lord.
On Easter morning early a word from Thee sufficed;
For she was first to see Thee, Her Lord, the risen Christ.
(St. James the Elder, Apostle, July 25)
For him, O Lord, we praise Thee, who, slain by Herod’s sword
Drank of Thy cup of suffering, fulfilling thus Thy word.
Curb we all vain impatience to read Thy veiled decree,
And count it joy to suffer, if so brought nearer Thee.
(St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord, August 15)
We sign with joy of Mary, whose heart with awe was stirred
When, youthful and astonished, she heard the angel’s word.
Yet she her voice upraises to magnify God’s name,
As once for our salvation Thy mother she became.
(St. Bartholomew, Apostle, August 24)
All praise for Thine apostle, the faithful, pure, and true,
Whom underneath the fig tree Thine eye all seeing knew.
Like him may we be guileless, true Israelites indeed,
That Thy abiding presence our longing souls may feed.
(Beheading of St. John the Baptist, stanza protected by copyright, see Lutheran Service Book 518, stanza 24)
(St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, September 21)
Praise, Lord, for Him Whose Gospel Thy human life declared,
Who, worldly gains forsaking, Thy path of suffering shared.
From all unrighteous Gammon O give us hearts set free,
That we, whate’er our calling, may rise and follow Thee.
(St. Luke, Evangelist, October 18)
For that “beloved Physician,” all praise, whose Gospel shows
The Healer of the nations, The Sharer of our woes.
Thy wine and oil, O Savior, and bruised hearts deign to pour,
And with true balm of Gilead anoint us evermore.
(St. James of Jerusalem, stanza protected by copyright, see Lutheran Service Book 518, stanza 27)
(Sts. Simon & Jude, Apostles, October 28)
Praise, Lord, for Thine apostles, who sealed their faith today:
One love, one zeal impelled them to tread the sacred way.
May we with zeal as earnest the faith of Christ maintain,
And, bound in love as brethren, at length Thy rest attain.
(Sing remaining two stanzas each time)
Apostles, prophets, martyrs, and all the sacred throng,
Who wear the spotless raiment, who raise the ceaseless song,
For these, passed on before us, Savior, we Thee adore,
And, walking in their footsteps, would serve Thee more and more.
Then praise we God the Father, and praise we God the Son,
And God the Holy Spirit, eternal Three in One;
Till all the ransomed number fall down before the throne,
And honor, power, and glory, ascribe to God alone.
(Words: Horatio Nelson, Hymn for Saint’s Day and Other Hymns, 1864.)