Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior

"I will rejoice greatly in the LORD; my soul shall exalt in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels."  (Isaiah 61:10)

1.  Thee we adore, O hidden Savior, Thee,
     Who in Thy Sacrament art pleased to be;
          Both flesh and spirit in Thy presence fail,
          Yet here Thy presence we devoutly hail.

2.  In this memorial of Thy death, O Lord,
     Thou dost Thy body and Thy blood afford:
          O may our souls forever feed on Thee,
          And Thou, O Christ, forever precious be.

3.  Thou, like the pelican to feed her brood,
     Didst pierce Thyself to give us living food;
          Thy blood, O Lord, one drop has pow'r to win
          Forgiveness for our world and all its sin.

4.  Fountain of goodness, Jesus, Lord and God:
     Cleanse us, unclean, with Thy most cleansing blood;
          Increase our faith and love, that we may know
          The hope and peace which from Thy presence flow.

5.  O Christ, whom now beneath a veil we see,
     May what we thirst for soon our portion be:
          To gaze on Thee unveiled and see Thee face to face,
          The vision of Thy glory, and Thy grace.   Amen.

(Stained glass window is from the chapel at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bay City, Michigan.)

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