Children of Light

Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder, 483

Help us fight, Lord, in these evil times! Keep us with your right hand so we may not turn back when the battle begins in earnest.

Ignite within us the fire of your love and let it burn until we are perfectly clean!

Cleansed with the fire of love, let us live in truth! Let us love one another in unity and peace.

Let your light that shines in us Lord, illuminate the way. The whole world lies in the darkness of death, but you bring clarity and sight. The night ends with you. Thick darkness that strangles the world must flee from your radiance right away.  

Your Spirit wakes us Lord, and we become children of day. Let us march onward in the glory of your light with irrepressible joy!

Renew our hearts. Send us your Spirit and make us strong! Though the world hinders us, let us press on through great tribulation until we reach the goal.

Let us allow no sin or guilt to make spots on our clothes.

Take the horror of suffering away, so we do not give up in the struggle—so we may enter the wedding feast of your Son.

Wherever we are, in anguish and pain, give us the Comforter.

Give us the bread from heaven and make us strong.

Let us hold the field! Let us fight bravely until we seize the eternal crown!

Peter Ridemann, 1506-1556, Hirschberg, Schlesien, Germany

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