They heed thy voice

Daily Reading for September 29 • St. Michael and All Angels

Lord God, we all to Thee give praise,

Thanksgivings meet to Thee we raise,

That angel hosts Thou didst create

Around Thy glorious throne to wait.

They shine with light and heav’nly grace

And constantly behold Thy face;

They heed Thy voice, they know it well,

In godly wisdom they excel.

They never rest nor sleep as we;

Their whole delight is but to be

With Thee, Lord Jesus, and to keep

Thy little flock, Thy lambs and sheep.

The ancient dragon is their foe;

His envy and his wrath they know.

It always is his aim and pride

Thy Christian people to divide. . . .

But watchful is the angel band

That follows Christ on ev’ry hand

To guard His people where they go

And break the counsel of the foe.

For this, now and in days to be,

Our praise shall rise, O Lord, to Thee,

Whom all the angel hosts adore

With grateful songs forevermore.

A hymn for the feast of St. Michael and All Angels by Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560).

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