Hymn for Tuesday in Holy Week: Father, hear the prayer we offer

This has a little to do with the readings, but more to do with a prayer for courage to walk in the way of the cross. I’ve also chosen this one mindful of the fact that I’ll be at our cathedral this morning attending the annual chrism mass at which we clergy renew our ordination vows. I can’t think of a better prayer for clergy than the final couplet in the text: “May our souls in hope unweary / make Thy work our ceaseless prayer.”

Father, hear the prayer we offer:
Nor for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength, that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.

Not forever in green pastures
Do we ask our way to be,
But the steep and rugged pathway
May we tread rejoicingly.

Not forever by still waters
Would we idly, quiet stay;
But would smite the living fountains
From the rocks along our way.

Be our strength in hours of weakness,
In our wanderings be our Guide;
Through endeavor, failure, danger,
Father, be Thou at our side.

Let our path be bright or dreary,
Storm or sunshine be our share;
May our souls in hope unweary
Make Thy work our ceaseless prayer.

Words: Love M. Willis, in Tiffany’s Monthly Magazine, 1859.

I’m not greatly fond of the arrangement, but here’s a choir doing a fine job of singing the text. Or this one’s for you if you love all things Celtic.

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