The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/08/2005):

A 17th-Century Prayer
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a beautiful prayer of adoration and intercession by the seventeenth-century French poet and playwright Jean Racine. Just for fun, I am giving it to you first in French, then in English.

If you are anywhere near Louisville on November 15, 2005, please join us for a concert I am calling “Now Thank We All Our God: Sacred Music for a Time of Thanksgiving.” For details and a wonderful color flyer, go to and click on “View Information.” Please send this information to anyone you know in the Louisville area who may enjoy this kind of artist expression of Christian faith and devotion. The concert will include an absolutely gorgeous setting of the prayer which is today’s WORSHIP QUOTE—also works by Bach, Haydn, and Vaughan Williams.


Verbe égal au Trés-Haut Notre unique espérance,
Jour éternel de la terre et des cieux,
De la paisible nuit nous rompons le silence,
Divin Sauveur, jette sur nous les yeux!

Répands sur nous le feu de la grâce puissante,
que tous l'enfer fuie au son de ta voix,
Dissipe le sommeil d'une âme languisante,
qui la conduit à l'oubli de tes lois!

O Christ sois favorable à ce peuple fidèle
pour te benir maintenant rassemblé,
Reçoit les chants qu'il offre, à ta gloire immortelle,
et de tes dons qu'il retourne comblé!

—Jean Racine (1639-1699), French poet and playwright.

Word of God, one with the Most High, in whom alone we have our hope, everlasting light of heaven and earth, we break the silence of the peaceful night; Savior divine, cast your eyes upon us! Pour on us the fire of your mighty grace, that all hell may flee at the sound of your voice. Banish the slumber of a weary soul that brings forgetfulness of your laws! O Christ, look with favor upon your faithful people now gathered here to praise you. Receive their hymns offered to your endless glory; may they go forth filled with your grace.

Have a great day,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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