The Blessing of

Gather—Fourth Edition

After three years of prayer, planning, and preparation, the Gather—Fourth Edition pew editions have arrived at the GIA warehouse in Chicago.

To celebrate, GIA invited Fr. Stuart Wilson-Smith of Old Saint Mary’s Church to lead the blessing of these new hymnals before they are sent out to parishes and other places of worship. Join us by watching this short video.



Lord God of glory,

your church on earth joins with the choirs of heaven

in giving you thanks and praise.

As we gather to worship you in wonder and awe

may the songs on our lips

echo the music that swells in our hearts.

Bless us as we use these hymnals

and grant that we may glorify and praise you,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

now and forever.


From The Book of Blessings