Scripture Verse

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11

Introduction

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Christopher Wordsworth
1807–1885

Words: Chris­to­pher Words­worth, The Ho­ly Year (Lon­don: Riv­ing­tons, 1862), alt. The text be­low comes from part two of Fa­ther of All, in Whom We Live (pag­es 208–09), ti­tled O God, in Whose All-Search­ing Eye: Re­fer­ring to those who come to be con­firmed; to be used be­fore the lay­ing on of hands.

Music: Ap­ple­ton Will­iam Boyce (1710–1779) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Conquest of the Amorites
James J. J. Tissot
1836–1902

Lyrics

Arm these Thy sol­diers, migh­ty Lord,
With shield of faith and Spi­rit’s sword.
Forth to the bat­tle may they go
And bold­ly fight against the foe.

With ban­ner of the cross un­furled,
They ov­er­come the ev­il world
And so at last re­ceive from Thee
The palm and crown of vic­to­ry.

Come, ever bless­èd Spi­rit, come
And make Thy ser­vants’ heart Thy home.
May each a liv­ing tem­ple be
Hallowed for­ev­er, Lord, to Thee.

Enrich that tem­ple’s ho­ly shrine
With sev­en­fold gifts of grace di­vine;
With wis­dom, light, and know­ledge bless,
With coun­sel, strength, and god­li­ness.

O Trinity in Uni­ty,
One on­ly God in Per­sons Three,
In whom, through whom, by whom, we live,
To Thee we praise and glo­ry give.

Oh, grant us so to use Thy grace
That we may see Thy glo­ri­ous face
And ev­er with the heav­en­ly host
Praise Fa­ther, Son and Ho­ly Ghost!