At Even When the Sun Was Set

At even when the sun was set,
The sick, O Lord, around Thee lay;
O in what divers pains they met!
O with what joy they went away!

Once more ’tis eventide, and we
Oppressed with various ills draw near;
What if Thy form we cannot see?
We know and feel that Thou art here.

O Savior Christ, our woes dispel;
For some are sick, and some are sad,
And some have never loved Thee well
And some have lost the love they had;

And some have found the world is vain,
Yet from the world they break not free;
And some have friends who give them pain,
Yet have not sought a friend in Thee;

And none, O Lord, have perfect rest,
For none are wholly free from sin;
And they who fain would serve Thee best
Are conscious most of wrong within.

O Savior Christ, Thou too art Man;
Thou hast been troubled, tempted, tried;
Thy kind but searching glance can scan
The very wounds that shame would hide.

Thy touch has still its ancient power;
No word from Thee can fruitless fall;
Hear in this solemn evening hour,
And in Thy mercy heal us all.

Henry Twells

 

A prayer for healing.  We sing it to ‘Jesus, thou Joy of Loving Hearts’ (Maryton).

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Advent Songs

NOTE: This booklet has been updated for 2011, here.

Linked below is a booklet of Advent songs and prayers I’ve compiled for use by families and small groups.  It started out as a private project, but I figured others might find it useful as well.  The songs all include four-part notation, and there are daily scripture readings for both Advent and Christmas.

PDF download: The Lord is Near

Table of Contents:

  • Songs
    • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
    • Creator of the Stars of Night
    • Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding
    • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
    • On Jordan’s Banks, the Baptist’s Cry
    • Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
    • Watchman, Tell us of the Night
  • Prayers
    • Weekly Collects
    • The Great O Antiphons
    • Preface to Advent I
    • Prayers from The Liturgy of the Hours
  • Scripture Readings