Hear our prayer, O Lord,
hear our prayer, O Lord;
incline thine ear to us,
and grant us thy peace.
Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #558
|First Line:||Hear our prayer, O Lord, Hear our prayer, O Lord|
|Title:||Hear Our Prayer, O Lord|
st. = Ps. 143:1, John 14:27
The text of this prayer response is derived from Psalm 143: 1, "O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy." Its final phrase, "grant us your peace," is taken from the conclusion of the ancient liturgical text Agnus Dei (see also 257) and is followed by an “Amen." Taken together, these two phrases constitute an urgent petition for the Lord God to hear our prayers and a confession of certainty that he will do so. Though there is no proof, it can be assumed that the composer of the tune, George Whelpton, chose these textual phrases when he composed this prayer chorus in 1897. The hymn was first published in leaflet form and later appeared in Hymns for American Youth (1924), compiled by H. Augustine Smith.
As a conclusion to silent or congregational prayer; entirely or perhaps with only the first phrase repeated as a refrain/response in a litany.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988