I haven’t put up a hymn post in a while and I was featuring more modern hymns/songs than ancient. I prefer the older songs, when I sing them I feel a connection to those who have walked the road before me. Knowing that they too faced the fears I faced and found the solace in the words is a comfort money cannot buy.
Today’s hymn is one of my favourite hymns and I am shocked that I have not featured it here before. It was written by William Bright in 1874, William was an Oxford trained theologian who lectured at his alma mater and wrote at least fourteen other hymns. And now o father is placed in the holy communion section of Ancient and Modern hymns (the principal hymnal of the Anglican church) and in all the churches I’ve recieved communion at, it’s a favourite hymn.
And now, O Father, mindful of the love
that bought us, once for all, on Calvary’s Tree,
and having with us him that pleads above,
we here present, we spread forth to thee
that only Offering perfect in thine eyes,
the one, true, pure, immortal Sacrifice.
Look, Father, look on his anointed face,
and only look on us as found in him;
look not on our misusings of thy grace,
our prayer so languid, and our faith so dim:
for lo, between our sins and their reward
we set the Passion of thy Son our Lord.
And then for those, our dearest and our best,
by this prevailing Presence we appeal:
O fold them closer to thy mercy’s breast,
O do thine utmost for their souls’ true weal;
from tainting mischief keep them white and clear,
and crown thy gifts with strength to persevere.
And so we come: O draw us to thy feet,
most patient Savior, who canst love us still;
and by this food, so aweful and so sweet,
deliver us from every touch of ill:
in thine own service make us glad and free,
and grant us never more to part with thee.