1 O Christ, the healer, we have come
to pray for health, to plead for friends.
How can we fail to be restored,
when reached by love that never ends?
2 From every ailment flesh endures
our bodies clamour to be freed;
yet in our hearts we would confess
that wholeness is our deepest need.
3 How strong, O Lord, are our desires,
how weak our knowledge of ourselves!
Release in us those healing truths
unconscious pride resists or shelves.
4 In conflicts that destroy our health
we diagnose the world's disease;
our common life declares our ills:
is there no cure, O Christ, for these?
5 Grant that we all, made one in faith,
in your community may find
the wholeness that, enriching us,
shall reach the whole of humankind.
|First Line:||O Christ, the healer, we have come|
|Title:||O Christ, the Healer|
|Author:||Fred Pratt Green (1903-)|
|Scripture:||Psalm 6; Psalm 41; Hosea 6:1-6; Matthew 8:14-17; Matthew 9:2-8; Matthew 9:18-26; Matthew 15:21-28; Matthew 15:29-39; Mark 1:29-39; Mark 2:1-12; Mark 5:21-43; Mark 7:24-37; Luke 5:17-26; Luke 7:1-10; Luke 8:40-56; Luke 9:1-6; Luke 17:11-19; Luke 18:35-43; John 5:1-9; James 5:13-20|
|Copyright:||© 1969 Hope Publishing Co.|
|Source:||Heilige Seelenlust, Breslau, 1657; alt. Cantica Spiritualis, 1847 and Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1875|