#138 Bless Our Fast, We Pray

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1. On bended knees, with broken hearts,
We come before thee, Lord,
In secret and in open prayer–
Oh, wilt thou speak thy word?

Feed thou our souls, fill thou our hearts,
And bless our fast, we pray,
That we may feel thy presence here
And feast with thee today.

2. We’ve shared our bread with those in need,
Relieved the suff’ring poor.
The stranger we have welcomed in–
Wilt thou impart thy store?

3. As witnesses, we gather here
To thank, and to attest
Of mercies and of miracles–
Oh, still our lives so bless!

Text: John Sears Tanner, b. 1950. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: James B. Welch, b. 1950. (c) 1985 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: John Sears Tanner

John Sears Tanner (born 1950) is the current Academic Vice President of Brigham Young University (BYU). Tanner is the husband of Susan W. Tanner, a former general president of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Tanner wrote the words to “Bless Our Fast We Pray”, which is hymn # 138 in the 1985 English-language edition of the LDS Church hymnal. Tanner also wrote a “Sacrament Sonnet” that was published in The Ensign in 1981. [8]

Tanner was also involved with putting to music “Nephi’s Psalm,” from a chapter[9] in the Book of Mormon. The first one, “I Love the Lord” was written to the tune of “Be Still My Soul” and was sung at the Priesthood Session of the April 2007 General Conference. His other adaption, “Sometimes My Soul,” is based on the American folk tune “Poor Wayfaring Stranger.”[10]Tanner also wrote an article in the Ensign on the power of hymns. [11]

Music By: James B. Welch