Scripture Verse

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? Hebrews 1:14

Introduction

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The Guardian Angel
Pietro Da Cortona
1596–1669

Words: Ro­bert Camp­bell, Hymns and An­thems, 1850, page 94.

Music: Wool­mer’s Fred­er­ick A. Gore-Ou­se­ley, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Camp­bell (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Frederick A. Gore-Ouseley
1825–1889

Lyrics

They come, God’s messengers of love,
They come from realms of peace above,
From homes of never fading light,
From blissful mansions ever bright.

They come to watch around us here,
To soothe our sorrow, calm our fear:
Ye heavenly guides, speed not away,
God willeth you with us to stay.

But chiefly at its journey’s end
’Tis yours the spirit to befriend,
And whisper to the faithful heart,
O Christian soul, in peace depart.

Blest Jesu, Thou whose groans and tears
Have sanctified frail nature’s fears,
To earth in bitter sorrow weighed,
Thou didst not scorn Thine angel’s aid;

An angel guard to us supply,
When on the bed of death we lie;
And by Thine own almighty power
O shield us in the last dread hour.

To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
From all above and all below,
Let joyful praise unceasing flow.