Merciful Saviour Hear our Humble Prayer

This hymn for All Souls Day was written by American Roman Catholic priest (member of the Society of St. Sulpice order), seminary director, translator and author, Melvin Lloyd Farrell (1930-1986).

With meter, it is set to the tune OLD 124TH by composer Louis Bourgeois (c.1510–1560) which was published in the Genevan Psalter, 1551.

Hymn-books which it has been published in include:
  • The People's Hymnal, World Library of Sacred Music, USA., 1955
  • People's Mass Book, 1966, World Library of Sacred Music, Cincinnati, Oh., 1966
  • The Assumption Hymnal, 1964, Mitchell Printing Service, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Hymns Old and New for the Irish Church, 1977 Kevin Mayhew Ltd, UK
  • The St Michael Hymnal, 1990s onwards, USA
  • The Catholic Hymnbook, London Oratory / Gracewing, UK, 1998
  • The Credo Hymnal, 2014, ILP, USA


Instrumental OLD 124TH


Solo singer with light piano backing (soprano part, ie the tune);

Instrumental - piano:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
Merciful Saviour, hear our humble prayer,
For all your servants passed beyond life’s care;
Though sin has touched them, yet their weakness spare.

O grant them pardon, Jesus Saviour blest,
And give their spirits light and endless rest.

O gentle Saviour, Lamb for sinners slain,
Look on your brothers, cleanse their hearts of stain:
Your cross has won them everlasting gain.

Lord, at your passion love did conquer fear;
Now share that triumph with these souls so dear:
Banish their sorrows, let your light appear.

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