Hear Our Prayer, O Lord

Hear our prayer, O Lord, Hear our prayer, O Lord

Author: Anonymous
Published in 57 hymnals

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Hear our prayer, O Lord,
hear our prayer, O Lord;
incline thine ear to us,
and grant us thy peace. Amen.

Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #884

Author: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >


Scripture References:
st. = Ps. 143:1, John 14:27

The text of this prayer response is derived from Psalm 143: 1, "O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy." Its final phrase, "grant us your peace," is taken from the conclusion of the ancient liturgical text Agnus Dei (see also 257) and is followed by an “Amen." Taken together, these two phrases constitute an urgent petition for the Lord God to hear our prayers and a confession of certainty that he will do so. Though there is no proof, it can be assumed that the composer of the tune, George Whelpton, chose these textual phrases when he composed this prayer chorus in 1897. The hymn was first published in leaflet form and later appeared in Hymns for American Youth (1924), compiled by H. Augustine Smith.

Liturgical Use:
As a conclusion to silent or congregational prayer; entirely or perhaps with only the first phrase repeated as a refrain/response in a litany.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988



George Whelpton (b. Redbourne, England, 1847; d. Oxford, OH, 1930) immigrated to the United States with his family in 1851. He enlisted in the Union army at the age of sixteen, serving as an assistant pharmacist during the Civil War. Educated at the Lake Chautauqua School of Music, he was a popular…

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Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #249TextPage Scan
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Living Hymns #fE
Moravian Book of Worship #825TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #624Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Small Church Music #75Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #641TextPage Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #2240TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #614Text
The New National Baptist Hymnal #450
The Worshiping Church #817TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #728Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #865Page Scan
Worship and Rejoice #490TextScoreAudio
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