650 - Our Father, by Whose Name

Our Father, by whose name,
All fatherhood is known,
Who dost in love proclaim
Each family Thine own
Bless Thou all parents, guarding well,
With constant love as sentinel,
The homes in which Thy people dwell.

O Christ, Thy self a child
Within as earthly home,
With heart still undefiled,
Thou didst to manhood come;
Our children bless, in every place,
That they may all behold Thy face,
And knowing Thee may grow in grace.

O Spirit, Who dost bind
Our hearts in unity,
Who teachest us to find
Thee love from self set free,
In all our hearts such love increase,
That every home, by this release,
May be the dwelling place of peace.