The Son of God, our Christ, the Word, the Way,
shared human life and toiled throughout the day;
from common folk he called the twelve to be
co-workers in his sacred ministry.
In every test, in trials manifold,
these servants witnessed, by their faith made bold;
and with the gifts and talents which they brought,
the Church was founded and God's message taught.
Today, as then, Christ summons us to dare
his path to follow and his work to share,
to help and heal the sick, the lame, the blind,
to make his Gospel known to humankind.
In city street, in town, or on the soil,
may each serve Christ in faithful daily toil,
and in each thought and kindly word and deed
obey Christ's call, and go where he shall lead.
Where'er we find, our witness should be made,
whate'er our task, be thou, O Christ, our aid,
that we may gladly give for thee our best
and find each task divinely sent and blest.