Scripture Verse

He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91:11

Introduction

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Percy Dearmer (1867–1936)

Words: Rha­ban­us Mau­rus (776–856) (Chris­te, sanc­tor­um de­cus An­gel­or­um). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by J. Ath­el­stan Ri­ley & Per­cy Dear­mer in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 242.

Music: Cœ­li­tes Plau­dant Rou­en church me­lo­dy (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Rhabanus Maurus (776–856)

Lyrics

Christ, the fair glo­ry of the ho­ly an­gels,
Thou who hast made us, Thou who o’er us rul­est,
Grant of Thy mer­cy un­to us Thy ser­vants
Steps up to Hea­ven.

Send Thy arch­an­gel, Mi­chael, to our suc­cor;
Peacemaker bless­èd, may he ban­ish from us
Striving and hat­red, so that for the peace­ful
All things may pros­per.

Send Thy arch­an­gel, Ga­briel, the migh­ty;
Herald of Hea­ven, may he from us mor­tals
Spurn the old ser­pent, watch­ing o’er the tem­ples
Where Thou art wor­shipped.

Send thy arch­an­gel, Raphael, the re­stor­er
Of the mis­guid­ed ways of men who wan­der,
Who at Thy bid­ding strength­ens soul and bo­dy
With Thine an­oint­ing.

Father al­migh­ty, Son and Ho­ly Spir­it,
God ever bless­èd, be Thou our pre­serv­er;
Thine is the glo­ry which the an­gels wor­ship,
Veiling their fac­es.