Lord, pour thy spirit from on high
Lord, pour thy spirit from on high,
And thine ordained servants bless;
Graces and gifts to each.supply,
And clothe thy priests with righteousness.
Within thy temple when they stand,
To teach the truth as taught by thee,
Saviour, like stars in thy right hand
Let all thy Church's pastors be.
Wisdom and zeal and faith impart,
Firmness with meekness, from above,
To bear thy people in their heart,
And love the souls whom thou dost love;
To watch and pray and never faint,
By day and night their guard to keep,
To warn the sinner, cheer the saint,
To feed thy lambs and tend thy sheep.
So, when their work is finished here,
May they in hope their charge resign;
When the Chief Shepherd shall appear,
O God, may they and we be thine.
Parentes tibi, Domine,
tuos antistites bea,
per dona tuae gratiae
Aedi docentes cum tuae
stabunt quod docuisti tu,
pastores sint Ecclesiae
ut sidera tua manu.
Acres doctique cum fide,
cum firmitate humiles,
plebem tuam sub pectore
ferant, amentque quos ames.
Precentur et custodiant
noctu dieque vigiles;
firment bonos, malos regant,
agnos alant, pascant oves.
Hic spe bona cum denique
ponant onus emeriti,
Pastore coram Principe
sint, simus, O Deus, tui.