With Your Presence, Lord

With thy presence, Lord, our head and Savior

Author: Christian Gregor; Translator: John Swertner (1789, alt.)
Tune: COVENANT (Herrnhut)
Published in 9 hymnals

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With your presence, Lord, our Head and Savior,
bless us all, we humbly pray;
our dear heavenly Father’s love and favor
be our comfort every day.
May God's Spirit now in each proceeding
favor us with his most gracious leading;
thus shall we be truly blessed
both in labor and in rest.

[By the substitution of pronouns ("him", "her", "them"),
this stanza can be used for any occasion.]

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #447

Author: Christian Gregor

Gregor, Christian, son of Georg Gregor, a peasant living in the Silesian village of Dirsdorf, near Peilau, was born at Dirsdorf, Jan. 1, 1723. In 1742 he went to Herrnhut, where he was at first employed in tuition. He became leader of the music in the [Moravian] Brethren's congregation at Herrnhaag, in 1748, and in 1749 at Zeist; but in 1753 he returned to Herrnhut as cashier of the Brethren's Board of Direction. He was, in 1756, ordained diaconus, in 1767 presbyter, and in 1789 bishop of the Brethren's Church. On Nov. 6,1801, he attended a meeting, held at Herrnhut, of the Board of Direction of which he had been a member from 1764. Just as he entered his house at Berthelsdorf, near Herrnhut, he was struck with paralysis, and died that same… Go to person page >

Translator: John Swertner

Swertner, John, b. Sept. 12, 1746, at Haarlem, in Holland, Moravian minister at various places in England and Ireland; d. at Bristol, March 11, 1813. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: With thy presence, Lord, our head and Savior
Title: With Your Presence, Lord
Author: Christian Gregor
Translator: John Swertner (1789, alt.)
Meter: Trochaic
Language: English
Notes: Moravian Birthday Hymn, also used at times of parting and farewell. By the substitution of pronouns, this stanza can be used for any occasion.



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