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CHRIST IS OUR CORNER-STONE, ON HIM ALONE WE BUILD (HYMN)

Christ is our corner-stone,

On him alone we build;

With his true saints alone

The courts of heav’n are filled:

On his great love

Our hopes we place

Of present grace

And joys above.

 

O then with hymns of praise

These hallowed courts shall ring;

Our voices we will raise

The Three in One to sing;

And thus proclaim

In joyful song,

Both loud and long,

That glorious name.

 

Here, gracious God, do thou

For evermore draw nigh;

Accept each faithful vow,

And mark each suppliant sigh;

In copious shower

On all who pray

Each holy day

Thy blessings pour.

 

Here may we gain from heav’n

The grace which we implore;

And may that grace, once given,

Be with us evermore,

Until that day

When all the blest

To endless rest

Are called away.

– J. Chandler, 1806-76

based on Angularis fundamentum

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Inspirational Hymns

 

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WE PRAY THEE, HEAVENLY FATHER (HYMN)

We pray thee, heavenly Father,

To hear us in thy love,

And pour upon thy children

The unction from above;

That so in love abiding,

From all defilement free,

We may in pureness offer

Our Eucharist to thee.

 

All that we have to offer,

For it is all thine own,

All gifts, by thine appointment,

In bread and cup are shown;

One thing alone we bring not,

The wilfulness of sin,

And all we bring is nothing

Save that which is within.

 

Within the pure oblation,

Beneath the outward sign,

By that his operation, –

The Holy Ghost divine, –

Lies hid the sacred Body,

Lies hid the precious Blood,

Once slain, now ever glorious,

Of Christ our Lord and God.

 

Wherefore, though all unworthy

To offer sacrifice,

We pray that this our duty

Be pleasing in thine eyes;

For praise, and thanks and worship,

For mercy and for aid,

The Catholic oblation

Of Jesus Christ is made.

– V. S. S. Coles, 1845-1929

 

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O LOVE OF GOD, HOW STRONG AND TRUE (HYMN)

O love of God, how strong and true,
eternal and yet ever new,
uncomprehended and unbought,
beyond all knowledge and all thought!

O heav’nly love, how precious still
in days of weariness and ill,
in nights of pain and helplessness,
to heal, to comfort, and to bless!

O love of God, our shield and stay
through all the perils of our way –
eternal love, in you we rest,
for ever safe, for ever blest.
– Horatius Bonar

 

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