Alfred V. Fedak
Text Carl P. Daw, Jr.
Voicing SATB, organ
Topics Labor, Missions, Vocation
Price $2.00 (U.S.)
Length 5' 25" Released 6/2005
Catalog no. 420-657
Difficulty Mod. easy
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Based on a poignant text by Carl Daw, this anthem is a prayer addressed to Christ who lived in our midst as a laborer, and who calls us yet to labor for the common good. Use this anthem on mission Sundays, or when church workers are commissioned, or on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend--it requires minimal time for preparation.
What boundless love, O Carpenter of Nazareth,
brought you to earth to share our human toil?
Was there no task in heaven’s vast infinity
fit for the hands that formed us from the soil?
Could Adam’s fate, to earn his bread by sweat of brow,
be turned to blessing or less bitter made?
Yet for our sake the Word took flesh and sanctified
our daily labor by his humble trade.
Still in our midst, this Lord of shop and marketplace
prays through our work of body, mind, and strength,
and calls us all to labor for the common good,
his love that knows no breadth or length.
O come to him, you laborers who long for rest;
his yoke is easy and his burden light.
That mighty work he did for you on Calvary
forever gives you favor in God’s sight.
--Carl P. Daw, Jr.
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