Monday 4 July 2011
In honor of the celebration of Independence Day of the United States, I offer the following prayer. This comes from the lyrics of the recessional hymn for yesterday’s Eucharistic Liturgy, the Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, celebrated at the Old Mission Santa Barbara parish in Santa Barbara, California. The name of the song is simply, “This is My Song,” and it is set to a Sibelius melody. I feel that it is the most Christian of all the possible “patriotic” anthems one might select among the options for a national holiday such as this. Keeping in mind my two previous posts this holiday weekend, I believe that the message of this song and prayer fits well with the spirit we should have today.
This is my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
But other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
but other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine.
This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms;
Thy kingdom come, on earth they will be done.
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him,
and hearts united learn to live as one.
O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations;
Myself I give thee; let thy will be done.
— Stone and Harkness