The smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. Revelation 8:4
United prayers ascend to Thee,
Eternal parent of mankind;
Smile on this waiting family,
Thy face they seek, and let them find.
The father of the household bless,
The priest, the patriarch, let him move,
That all his family may trace
In him Thy law, in lines of love.
Regard the mother’s anxious tears,
Her heart’s desire, her earnest prayers,
And while her infant charge she rears,
Crown with success her pious cares.
Let the dear pledges of their love,
Like tender plants around them grow,
Thy present grace, and joys above,
Upon their little ones bestow.
Receive at their believing hand,
The babe whom they devote as Thine,
Obedient to their Lord’s command—
And seal with power the rite divine.
To every member of their house,
Thy grace impart, Thy love extend;
Grant every good that time allows,
With heavenly joys that never end.