1 God of the prophets, bless the prophets' heirs;
Elijah's mantle o'er Elisha cast;
each age in turn for solemn tasks prepares;
make each one nobler, stronger than the last.
2 Anoint them prophets! make their ears attend
to thy divinest speech; their hearts awake
to human need; their lips make eloquent
right to enthrone and ev'ry evil break.
3 Anoint them priests! strong intercessors they
for pardon and for charity and peace!
O might with them the world, though gone astray,
pass into Christ'spure life of sacrifice.
4 Anoint them rulers, gentle rulers, Lord!
Anoint them with the Spirit of thy Son:
theirs not a jeweled crown, a blood-stained sword;
theirs, by strong love, for Christ a kingdom won.
5 Send them, apostles, heralds of thy cross;
forth may they go to tell all realms thy grace:
inspired of thee, may they count all but loss,
and stand at last with joy before thy face.
|First Line:||God of the prophets, bless they prophets' heirs|
|Title:||God of the Prophets|
|Author:||Denis Wortman (1884, alt.)|
|Scripture:||2 Kings 2:13; Philippians 3:7|
|Topic:||Biblical Characters: Elijah; Biblical Characters: Elisha; Ordinations(1 more...)|
|Source:||Genevan Psalter (1551) (abridged (c. 1860) from Psalm 124 )|