Collect after the Offertory. (IV)
Prevent us, Lord, in all we do,
that all our deeds be leal and true,
done in the grace of reverent fear,
mindful that Thou art ever near.
When we Thy holy presence seek,
O further all our efforts weak
with the rich favor of Thy grace,
with strength to run the Christian race.
In Thee be all our works begun;
in Thee our every deed be done;
O let our best and holiest be
continued, ended, all in Thee.
To Thee be praise; to us be shame;
O glorify Thy sacred name;
fight in us through the temporal strife,
and give us everlasting life.
Through Him who once came down to die,
through Him who reigneth now on high,
through Him who cried, “I come, O Lord,”
Thy everpresent grace accord.
|Text||attr. Eliza Humphreys|
Henry Percy Smith (1825-1898)
Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.