Sunday, March 16, 2014

Reminiscere Hymn

Text: based on Matthew 15:21-28, the traditional Gospel for the second Sunday in Lent.
Tune: DER MANGE SKAL KOMME (Stockholm, 1695).
Remember Your goodness and mercy, O Lord,
For they are from ages of ages.
Let us not succumb to the enemy horde;
Save us from the trouble that rages.
Remember your mercies, O Jesus!

The saints of all ages pray on our behalf,
And likewise the just in all places:
We lift up our souls! Lest our enemies laugh,
Deliver us, Hope of all races.
Remember your mercies, O Jesus!

The Canaanite woman commended her care
To You who could free her bound daughter;
Unworthy yet trusting, we too lift our prayer,
Entreating the blessing You brought her:
Remember Your mercies, O Jesus!

When to our petition no answer we hear,
Grant us to obey her example,
Persistent in plying Your all-knowing ear,
Believing Your stores to be ample.
Remember Your mercies, O Jesus!

For we, too, are beggars and heathens indeed,
Deserving no seat at Your table.
The crumbs You let fall are enough for our need;
To save even us You are able.
Remember Your mercies, O Jesus!

Release us from bondage of body and soul,
O Shepherd of Israel, most holy!
By Your gift of faith, make us righteous and whole;
For we are but poor, weak, and lowly.
Remember Your mercies, O Jesus!

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