The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

When People and Priest, United in Prayer

For Christmas

The Priest Zacharias and an Assemblage of Worshipers

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1142. “The whole multitude of the people were praying,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 10.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 102.

1 When people and priest, United in prayer,
Their faithful request Together prefer,
With Jesus' oblation The heavens assail,
Their joint supplication Is sure to prevail.

2 His sacrifice pleads, His prevalent blood
Brings down on our heads The blessings of God:
Our Priest is before Him, And join'd to our Lord
In Christ we adore Him By angels adored.

3 Our incense of prayer Thou offer'st alone;
Thou, Saviour, dost bear Our souls to the throne;
On Thine intercession We gladly depend
For grace and salvation, And life without end.

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