Our Morning Offering – 29 August – The Memorial of the Beheading of St John the Baptist
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal
God called great prophets to foretell
the coming of His Son.
The greatest, called before his birth,
was John, the chosen one.
His life was filled with joy and hope;
he knew he must decrease,
and that we must prepare a place
where Jesus may increase.
John searched in solitude for Christ
and knew Him when He came.
He showed the world the Lamb of God
and hailed Him in our name.
That lonely voice cried out the truth
Derided and denied.
As witness to the law of God
His mighty martyr died.
We praise You, Trinity in One,
the light of unknown ways,
the hope of all who search for You
whose love fills all our days.