Led by the Spirit of Our God

This is a hymn for Lent.  

It was written by American Roman Catholic liturgical musician and composer Bob Hurd (b 1950), and was first published in 1996.

With meter, it is set to KINGSFOLD a traditional English tune, which was adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Downloadable sheet music, including a choral setting, can be purchased from OCP (link below).

A Vietnamese-language translation is also available here.


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Solo singer, self accompanied on guitar:

Choir with organ:

Small group with organ and congregation:

Choir with organ, professional recording:

Singer with guitar (and?)


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website.

The song has four verses. A rough outline is:
1. Led by the Spirit of our God, we go to fast and pray

2. Led by the Spirit, we confront temptation face to face ...

3. Led by the Spirit, now draw near the waters of rebirth ...

4. Led by the Spirit, now sing praise to God the Trinity ....

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1 Led by the Spirit of our God, we go to fast and pray
With Christ into the wilderness; we join His paschal way.
"Rend not your garments, rend your hearts.  Turn back your lives to me."
Thus says our kind and gracious God, whose reign is liberty.

Led by the Spirit, we confront temptation face to face,
And know full well we must rely on God's redeeming grace.
On bread alone we cannot live, but nourished by the Word.
We seek the will of God to do: this is our drink and food.

Led by the Spirit, now draw near the waters of rebirth
With hearts that long to worship God in spirit and in truth.
"Whoever drinks the drink I give shall never thirst again."
Thus says the Lord who died for us, our Saviour, king and friend.

Led by the Spirit, now sing praise to God the Trinity:
The Source of Life, the living Word made flesh to set us free,
The Spirit blowing where it will to make us friends of God:
This mystery far beyond our reach, yet near in healing love.

1 comment:

  1. I might have left off that fourth verse myself. I think it means something but would perhaps cave in the house to say what it is. Something, as Aldous Huxley tried to say, about we being God. "Little lower than the angels." The way we are not God is a mere eyelash, a dust mote, a grain of sand. So who is my enemy?