A hymn for the Ordinariate


Among a number of gifts at the time of my ordination last year was a subscription to ‘Magnificat’. Each month the booklet arrives, containing for each day a form of prayer for morning and evening, the Mass readings and prayers, and a meditation drawn from a great variety of resources. I heartily recommend ‘Magnificat’ and shall be renewing my subscription later this year.

The following hymn was set for Evening Prayers for yesterday, Sunday 24th August. It struck me that it would be very appropriate as a Hymn for the Ordinariate. The name of the author is not given.

O Love who drew from Jesus side,
One Body freed from Adam’s shame,
One Church sent forth to serve and guide,
One faith confirmed by gifts of flame:
When empty words our hopes assail,
Your kingdom come, your truth prevail.

Round Peter’s chair may all unite;
From blinded eyes the veil withdraw;
The minds of rulers set aright
Who bind your Church beneath their law:
Where faith grows dim and hearts are frail,
Your kingdom come, your truth prevail.

While Christians pray for unity,
Pour forth the light your saints have seen;
Dispel the dark of enmity;
Make known to all what love can mean:
Where brooding minds old wounds bewail,
Your kingdom come, your truth prevail.

Spoiled children, we, so blest with sight,
Redeemed by love surpassing all;
Lest we who glory in your light
Share not our gift, heed not your call:
In Christian hearts that faint and fail,
Your kingdom come, your truth prevail.

The suggested tune is ‘Melita’ (Eternal Father, strong to save) which is rousing and singable.


About Scott Anderson

Formerly an Anglican priest (ordained 1975) received into the Catholic Church in February 2012, and ordained to the Diaconate on 27th July 2013. I took early retirement, and divide my time between London and northern France. I am deeply committed to the Ordinariate as a gift of the Holy Spirit in the search for unity. Like many Ordinariate members I feel a personal gratitude to Pope Emeritus Benedict, together with loyalty to our Holy Father, Pope Francis. My blog tries to make a small contribution to the growth of the Ordinariate by asking questions (and proposing some answers) about the 'Anglican Patrimony'. I have always been fascinated by the whole issue of growth and decline, and therefore concerned for appropriate means of evangelisation in western Europe. I believe that the Holy Spirit is constantly renewing the People of God and that we must be open to him. My love of music and motorcycles will occasionally surface in my posts. On Saturday 19th October 2013, I was ordained to the Priesthood at Most Precious Blood, Borough, by the Most Revd Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark, for the service of the Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham. I continued to serve the Ordinariate group and Parish at Most Precious Blood until the end of 2014. Subsequently, I helped in the care of the Ordinariate Groups at Hemel Hempstead and Croydon, and in the Archdiocese of Southwark, until the beginning of September 2015. With the agreement of my Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, the Bishop of Amiens appointed me Administrator of the Parish of Notre Dame des Etangs (Pont Remy) in Picardie, France. This appointment is to last for a year, to give the Bishop the opportunity to assess the future of the parish.
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3 Responses to A hymn for the Ordinariate

  1. Deborah Crump says:

    http://www.ignatius.com/adoremus-hymnal, you can listen to O love who drew from Jesus side.

  2. Yes indeed, this hymn is no. 562 in the Adoremus Hymnal (2nd Edition) by Ignatius Press. Here is a link to the mp3-recording: http://www.ignatius.com/promotions/adoremus-hymnal/downloads/audio/AdoremusHymnal_562_o-love-who-drew.mp3

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