1 The old year now has passed away;
We thank you, O our God, today
That you have kept us through the year
When danger and distress were near.
2 We pray you, O eternal Son,
Who with the Father reigns as one,
To guard and rule your Christendom
Through all the ages yet to come.
3 Take not your saving Word away,
Which lights and cheers our souls each day.
Abide with us and keep us free
From error and hypocrisy.
4 Oh, help us to forsake all sin,
A new and holier life begin!
Forgive the old year's sins, and bless
The new year with true happiness,
5 Wherein as Christians we may live
Or die in peace that you can give,
To rise again when you will come
And enter your eternal home.
6 There shall we thank you and adore
With all the angels evermore.
Lord Jesus Christ, increase our faith
To praise your name through life and death.
Source: Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #71