Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain

Tune: Herr Gott, erhalt uns

Alternate Tune


  1. Lord, help us ever to retain
    The Catechism’s doctrine plain
    As Luther taught the Word of Truth
    In simple style to tender youth.

  2. The Ten Commandments help us learn,
    To mourn our sin and from it turn
    In faith to Thee and to Thy Son
    And Holy Spirit, Three in One.

  3. Hear us, dear Father, when we pray
    For needed help from day to day
    That as Thy children we may live,
    Whom Thou in Baptism didst receive.

  4. If one should fall, this help receive:
    Come to Confession and believe;
    For strength receive the Sacrament.
    Amen, God grant a blessed end.

Herr Gott, erhalt uns für und für
Ludwig Helmbold, 1594
Sts. 1–3, tr. Matthias Loy, 1880, alt.
St. 4, tr. Christopher J. Neuendorf, 2015
Source: Sts. 1–3, The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, No. 288, alt.

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