Saturday, August 31, 2002

Another hymnal gem and its composer, Fr. Roc O'Connor, is a real gem too (he was one of our associate pastors for a while). In my parish this hymn (a version of Psalm 27) was sung for many years during the stripping of the altar on Holy Thursday, as well as other times.

In the Shadow of Your Wings

In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.

The Lord is my light, my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the refuge of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.

One thing I ask of the Lord,
one thing I seek:
to dwell in the presence of my God,
to gaze on Your holy place.

In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.

O Lord, hear the sound of my call,
my heartfelt plea.
Your presence, O Lord, do I seek;
hide not Your face from me.

In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.

I believe I shall see
the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
O, wait for the Lord!
Have courage and wait,
wait for the Lord!

In the shadow of Your wings
I will sing Your praises, O Lord.

(copyright 1985 Robert F. O'Connor, S.J. and NALR)

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