St. Matthias's Day.
Searcher of hearts, Almighty God!
By Thy most dread avenging rod,
Judas the traitor Thou hast sent
into eternal banishment:
Deposed from his high estate,
a warning in his fearful fate
of God’s eternal vengeance stored
for all who dare betray their Lord.
Matthias’ heart to Thee was known;
him didst Thou Thine Apostle own
to hold the ministry of grace,
and take the traitor Judas’ place.
Preserve Thy Church, Almighty Lord,
from false Apostles’ faithless word;
with tender care regard the Bride,
to cheer, increase, support, and guide.
By faithful pastors fold Thy sheep;
may they Thine ordinances keep,
thy sacramental gifts prepare,
with love unfeigned and sacred care.
Thy Church her supplication lifts
to Thee, O God, for sacred gifts;
to her Thy strength’ning arm afford
forevermore, through Christ our Lord.
|Text||attr. Eliza Humphreys|
|Tune||When Jesus Wept
William Billings (1746-1800), ad. R. Pryor III
O Almighty God, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; grant that thy Church, being always preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true Pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.