Friday, December 6, 2013
Song: (Lyrics: F. Bland Tucker [1895-1984], alt.)
Our Father, by whose name all parenthood is known,
in love divine you claim each fam’ly as your own.
Bless mothers, fathers, guarding well, with constant love as sentinel,
the homes in which your people dwell.
O Christ, yourself a child within an earthly home,
with heart still undefiled to full adulthood come:
our children bless in ev’ry place, that they may all behold your face
and, knowing you, may grow in grace.
O Holy Spirit, bind our hearts in unity,
and teach us how to find the love from self set free;
in all our hearts such love increase, that ev’ry home, by this release,
may be the dwelling-place of peace.