Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Rogation Wednesday

Here we see the young Victoria plum tree that I was given as a retirement present from Latymer Preparatory School. I am delighted to see it in blossom for the first time.

God of mercy, God of grace,
show the brightness of thy face.
Shine upon us, Saviour, shine,
fill thy Church with light divine,
and thy saving health extend
unto earth's remotest end.

Let the people praise thee, Lord;
be by all that live adored.
Let the nations shout and sing
glory to their Saviour King;
at thy feet their tribute pay,
and thy holy will obey.

Let the people praise thee, Lord;
earth shall then her fruits afford;
God to man his blessing give,
man to God devoted live;
all below, and all above,
one in joy, and light, and love.

Henry Francis Lyte, 1834

Well, at least it wasn't 'Thy hand, O God, has guided' by E H Plumptre!

Let us pray.

Almighty God,
whose will it is that the earth
should bear its fruits in their season:
Direct the labours of those who work on the land,
that they may employ the resources of nature
to your glory,
for our own well-being
and for the relief of those in need;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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