God of the prophets, bless the prophets' heirs!
Elijah's mantle o'er Elisha cast:
each age for your own solemn task prepares;
make each one stronger, nobler than the last.
Anoint us prophets! Teach us your intent:
to human need our quickened hearts awake:
fill us with power, our lips make eloquent
for righteousness that shall all evil break.
Anoint us priests! Help us to intercede
with all your royal priesthood born of grace:
though us your church presents in word and deed
a living sacrifice of thanks and praise.
Anoint us kings! Help us do justice, Lord!
Anoint us with the Spirit of your Son:
ours not a monarch's crown or tyrant's sword;
ours by the love of Christ a kingdom won.
Make us apostles, heralds of your cross;
forth may we go to tell all realms your grace:
by you inspired may we count all but loss,
and stand at last with joy before your face.