231. O Father, Bless the Children

1 O Father, bless the children
Brought hither to Thy gate;
Lift up their fallen nature,
Restore their lost estate;
Renew Thy image in them,
And own them, by this sign,
Thy very sons and daughters,
New-born of birth divine.

2 O Jesus, Lord, receive them;
Thy loving arms of old
Were opened wide to welcome
The children to Thy fold;
Let these, baptized, and dying,
Then rising from the dead,
Henceforth be living members
Of Thee, their living Head.

3 O Holy Spirit, keep them;
Dwell with them to the last,
Till all the fight is ended,
And all the storms are past.
Renew the gift baptismal,
From strength to strength, till each,
The troublous waves o'ercoming,
The land of life shall reach.

4 O Father, Son, and Spirit,
O Wisdom, Love, and Power,
We wait the promised blessing
In this accepted hour.
We name upon the children
The threefold Name divine;
Receive them, cleanse them, own them,
And keep them ever Thine.


Text Information
First Line: O Father, bless the children
Title: O Father, Bless the Children
Author: John Ellerton (1888)
Publication Date: 1937
Meter: 7 6, 7 6. D.
Topic: The Means of Grace: Baptism; God the Father; Holy Spirit
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Peter Johnson (1923)
Meter: 7 6, 7 6. D.
Key: B♭ Major

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