May Thy Strong Hand

May Thy strong hand, 
O Lord, 
be ever my defence; 
Thy mercy in Christ 
my salvation; 
Thy all‑veritable word, 
my instructor; 
the grace of Thy life‑bringing Spirit, 
my consolation, 
all along, and at last.

The Soul of Christ hallow me,
and the Body strengthen me,
and the Blood ransom me,
and the Water wash me,
and the Bruises heal me,
and the Sweat refresh me,
and the Wound hide me.

The peace of God
which passeth all understanding,
keep my heart and thoughts
in the knowledge and the love
of God.

(a prayer of Lancelot Andrewes, from The Private Devotions of Lancelot Andrewes, “Prayer for Grace” for the Sixth Day; photo illustration by 4317940 via

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