Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: St. Louis Jesuits, “Take, Lord, Receive”

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Today’s prompt words are "Give/Get/Take/Receive/Send," and I thought of a song from back in my liturgical music days that I’m pretty sure no one else will choose.

"Take, Lord, Receive" was written by Father John Foley, SJ, a member of the St. Louis Jesuits, a group of Jesuit priests and liturgical musicians based at (mais oui!) St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s based on a prayer by St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. We would normally play it during the postcommunion meditation time, before the final prayer and blessing.

The person who posted the song, a lady named Maureen Teresa Ward, included the lyrics in the video description. I’ve known the words for some time, but she was kind enough to do the typing…

Take, Lord, receive all my liberty,
My memory, understanding, my entire will.

Give me only Your love and Your grace, that’s enough for me.
Your love and Your grace, are enough for me.

Take, Lord, receive all I have and possess.
You have given all to me, now I return it.

Give me only Your love and Your grace, that’s enough for me.
Your love and Your grace, are enough for me.

Take, Lord, receive, all is Yours now.
Dispose of it, wholly according to Your will

Give me only Your love and Your grace, that’s enough for me.
Your love and Your grace, are enough for me.

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for March 15, 2020.

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