Vespers on Thursday

Thursday at Vespers –

Almighty God, whose will supreme
Made ocean’s flood with life to teem,
Part in the firmament to fly
And part in ocean depths to lie;

Appointing fishes in the sea
And fowls in open air to be,
That each, by origin the same,
Its sep’rate dwelling-place might claim:

Grant that thy servants, by the tide
Of Blood and Water purified,
No guilty fall from thee may know
Nor death eternal undergo.

Be none submerged in sin’s distress,
None lifted up in boastfulness;
That contrite hearts be not dismayed,
Nor haughty souls in ruin laid.

~Office hymn – Fifth Day of Creation