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Eternal Father Strong to Save (For Those in Peril On the Sea

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:56 pm    Post subject: Eternal Father Strong to Save (For Those in Peril On the Sea Reply with quote

The hymn "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" (a.k.a. "For Those in Peril On the Sea") is usually sung to the tune "Melita". Melita (Malta) was the site of St. Paul's shipwreck.

There are many, many verses. Most are appropriate to any monotheist relilgion.

Pick your favorite verse (or verses) and translate it (them) into your conlang.
Then, pick your favorite and write it in your conscript (if you want to!)


  • All Abrahamic Religions

    • Navy

      • Main Navy
        Eternal Father, strong to save,
        Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
        Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
        Its own appointed limits keep;
        Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
        For those in peril on the sea!

      • Submariners
        "Bless those who serve beneath the deep,
        Through lonely hours their vigil keep.
        May peace their mission ever be,
        Protect each one we ask of thee.
        Bless those at home who wait and pray,
        For their return by night and day."
        Rev. Gale Williamson (date Unk)

      • Divers
        "Lord God, our power evermore,
        Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
        Dive with our men beneath the sea;
        Traverse the depths protectively.
        O hear us when we pray, and keep
        Them safe from peril in the deep."
        David B. Miller (1965)

      • Marines
        Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
        To all Marines, both night and day,
        The courage, honor, strength, and skill
        Their land to serve, thy law fulfill;
        Be thou the shield forevermore
        From every peril to the Corps.
        J. E. Seim (1966)

      • Dedicating a Ship
        O Father, King of earth and sea,
        We dedicate this ship to thee.
        In faith we send her on her way;
        In faith to thee we humbly pray:
        O hear from heaven our sailor's cry
        And watch and guard her from on high!
        Author/date Unknown

      • Decommissioning a Ship
        And when at length her course is run,
        Her work for home and country done,
        Of all the souls that in her sailed
        Let not one life in thee have failed;
        But hear from heaven our sailor's cry,
        And grant eternal life on high!
        Author/date Unknown

      • SEALs
        Eternal Father, faithful friend,
        Be quick to answer those we send
        In brotherhood and urgent trust,
        On hidden missions dangerous,
        O hear us when we cry to Thee,
        For SEALs in air, on land, and sea

      • For those deployed
        Eternal Father, lord of love
        We seek your blessing from above
        We thank you for the time we've shared
        And pause to show our hope and care
        For those deployed for whom we pray
        Will know your peace while underway
        — Author/date Unknown

    • Other

      • Air Force
        Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
        Through the great spaces in the sky.
        Be with them always in the air,
        In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
        Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
        For those in peril in the air!
        Mary C. D. Hamilton (1915)

      • Construction Battallions
        Lord, stand beside the men who build,
        And give them courage, strength, and skill.
        O grant them peace of heart and mind,
        And comfort loved ones left behind.
        Lord, hear our prayers for all Seabees,
        Where'er they be on land or sea.
        R. J. Dietrich (1960)

      • Medical Corps
        O God, protect the women who,
        In service, faith in thee renew;
        O guide devoted hands of skill
        And bless their work within thy will;
        Inspire their lives that they may be
        Examples fair on land and sea.
        Lines 1-4, Merle E. Strickland (1972) and
        adapted by James D. Shannon (1973)
        Lines 5-6, Beatrice M. Truitt (1948)

      • Antarctic and Arctic
        Creator, Father, who dost show
        Thy splendor in the ice and snow,
        Bless those who toil in summer light
        And through the cold antarctic night,
        As they thy frozen wonders learn;
        Bless those who wait for their return.
        L. E. Vogel (1965)

      • Coast Guard
        Eternal Father, Lord of hosts,
        Watch o'er the men who guard our coasts.
        Protect them from the raging seas
        And give them light and life and peace.
        Grant them from thy great throne above
        The shield and shelter of thy love.
        — (1955) CWO George H. Jenks, Jr., USCG

      • Astronauts and Cosmonauts
        Eternal Father, King of birth,
        Who didst create the heaven and earth,
        And bid the planets and the sun
        Their own appointed orbits run;
        O hear us when we seek thy grace
        From those who soar through outer space.
        J. E. Volonte (1961)

        Aloft in solitudes of space,
        Uphold them with Thy saving grace.
        Thou Who supports with tender might
        The balanced birds in all their flight.
        Lord, if the tempered winds be near,
        That, having Thee, they know no fear.
        — Mary C. D. Hamilton (1915)

        Almighty ruler of the all
        Whose power extends to great and small,
        Who guides the stars with steadfast law,
        Whose least creation fills with awe—
        Oh grant Thy mercy and Thy grace
        To those who venture into space.
        — Robert A. Heinlein (1947) as part of his short story "Ordeal in Space".

      • The Wounded
        Creator, Father, who first breathed
        In us the life that we received,
        By power of thy breath restore
        The ill, and men with wounds of war.
        Bless those who give their healing care,
        That life and laughter all may share
        Galen H. Meyer (1969)
        Adapted by James D. Shannon (1970)

      • Those Left At Home
        God, Who dost still the restless foam,
        Protect the ones we love at home.
        Provide that they should always be
        By thine own grace both safe and free.
        O Father, hear us when we pray
        For those we love so far away.
        Hugh Taylor (date Unk)

      • All Armed Forces
        Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
        And those who on the ocean ply;
        Be with our troops upon the land,
        And all who for their country stand:
        Be with these guardians day and night
        And may their trust be in thy might.
        Author Unknown (1955)

      • The Merchant Marine
        Lord, stand beside the men who sail
        Our merchant ships in storm and gale
        In peace and war their watch they keep
        On every sea, on thy vast deep.
        Be with them Lord, by night and day
        For Merchant Mariners we pray.
        —Wynne McClintock (Wife of former USMMA Superintendent VADM, Gordon McClintock, USMS)

      • Cadets
        Eternal God of strength and skill
        Aid students who would work Thy will
        To learn the lessons reverently
        Of Duty, Honor, and Country
        And boldly do the task that's set
        Lord, guide and guard our young cadets

      • Soldiers
        O Lord of hosts, to you we turn
        To give us grace we cannot earn.
        Our soldiers guard our way of life;
        Be with them all in times of strife.
        Let courage flow from your command;
        We pray for those who fight on land.
        by Donald Sensing 11/11/2007

      • Peace Officers
        Almighty God, whose arm is strong,
        protect us e’er from doing wrong.
        We pray to always do what’s right,
        for justice only be our fight.
        Let peace now reign across our land,
        brought to us by your gracious hand.
        by Donald Sensing 11/11/2007

  • Trinitarian Christians

    • Navy

      • the Son
        O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
        And hushed their raging at Thy word,
        Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
        And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
        Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
        For those in peril on the sea!

      • the Holy Spirit
        Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
        Upon the chaos dark and rude,
        And bid its angry tumult cease,
        And give, for wild confusion, peace;
        Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
        For those in peril on the sea!

      • the Trinity
        O Trinity of love and power!
        Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
        From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
        Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
        Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
        Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

    • Other

      • Travelers on Land
        Christ, the Lord of hill and plain,
        O'er which our traffic runs amain,
        By mountain pass or valley low,
        Wherever Lord our brethren go,
        Protect them by Thy guarding hand
        From every peril on the land!

      • Travelers by Air
        O Spirit Whom the Father sent
        To spread abroad the firmament,
        O Wind of Heaven, by Thy might
        Save all who dare the eagle's flight,
        And keep them by Thy watchful care
        From every peril in the air!

      • All Travelers
        O Trinity of love and power!
        Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
        From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
        Protect them whereso'er they go.
        Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
        Glad praise from air, and land, and sea!

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