Surprised by joy no song can tell,
no thought can compass, here we stand
to celebrate eternal love,
to reach for God's almighty Hand.
Beyond an angel's mind is this,
best gift, alone to mortals given;
the love of parent, lover, friend
brings straight to earth the bliss of heaven.
Faith, hope and love, here come alive;
God's very being is made known
when, giving and forgiving all,
two are inseparably one.
*As by your presence long ago
two simple hearts were cheered and bless'd,
so, as we take our hopeful vows,
come, Christ of Cana, honoured Guest.
*As Guest beloved, as Head revered,
bless us, Lord Christ, not here alone
but, as you promised, constantly
befriend us, hold us, lead us on.
For all this splendour, all this joy
is ours because a Father's care,
large, generous, patient, strong as death
showed us in You what love can dare.
Your banner over us be love;
your grace refresh our travelling days;
your power sustain, your beauty cheer;
our words, our home, our lives be praise!