See the Church Assembled Here (Lord Make us One)

This folk-style song is a prayer of petition for unity within the Church.   

Two different versions of the words have been located - the authors of both are unknown.  

The later version is included in the Nigerian Catholic Hymn Book (1976), while the earlier version is referenced in this college magazine from the 1960s.

The song is reportedly sung to the tune "Where Have all the Flowers Gone", which was composed by American folk-singer and social-activist, Peter Seeger (1919– 2014).   However no recorded versions of it have been found.


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Lyrics

Earlier version

See the Church assembled here, see the Church in common prayer;
See the Church with love and care, celebrate today.
See the Church a Sacrament, see the Church a mystery;
When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn.

Christ is here in happiness; Christ is here in jubilee;
Christ is here to bring us joy, within our hearts to stay.
Christ is the same in suffering; Christ the same in victory;
When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn.

Praise to God, the Father; praise to God, the Son;
Praise to God, the Spirit; all Three in One.
So it has forever been, so it will forever be;
When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn.


Later version

See the Church assembled here, see the Church in common prayer; 
See the family of God, gathered here today.
Closer than we understand, mystery of Unity,
Lord, make us always one, Lord, make us always one.

Christ the Lord, our offering,  Christ the Lord, our sacrifice,
Christ the Lord, our common meal, present here today;
Offering himself in us, food for every one of us.
Lord, make us one with him, Lord, make us one with him.


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