We pray thee, heavenly Father (Johann Michael Haydn)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words to the alternative tune Offertorium in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 129 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn to the alternative tune Offertorium in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: We pray thee, heavenly Father
Composer: Johann Michael Haydn
Tune: Offertorium
Lyricist: Vincent Coles

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 76. 76. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 264

Description: Melody adapted from Michael Haydn

External websites: https://embassysingers.de/scores/hymns.html

Original text and translations

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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.

Be thou our guide and helper,
O Jesus Christ, we pray;
so may we well approach thee,
if thou wilt be the Way:
thou, very Truth, hast promised
to help us in our strife,
food of the weary pilgrim,
eternal source of life.

And thou, creator Spirit,
look on us, we are thine;
renew in us thy graces,
upon our darkness shine;
that, with thy benediction
upon our souls outpoured,
we may receive in gladness
the body of the Lord.

O Trinity of Persons,
O Unity most high,
on thee alone relying
thy servants would draw nigh:
unworthy in our weakness,
on thee our hope is stayed,
and blessed by thy forgiveness
we will not be afraid.