Father, hear us, we are praying,
Hear the words our hearts are saying,
We are praying for our children.
Keep them from the powers of evil,
From the secret, hidden peril;
From the whirlpool that would suck them,
From the treacherous quicksand pluck them.
From the worldlings hollow gladness,
From the sting of faithless sadness;
Holy Father, save our children.
Through life’s troubled waters steer them,
Through life’s bitter battle cheer them;
Father, Father, be Thou near them.
Read the language of our longing,
Read the wordless pleadings thronging;
Holy Father, for our children.
And wherever they may bide,
Lead them home at eventide.