For Profession (as a member of the Third Order)
Before you, great High Priest, I stand
to make my true Profession.
I place my all in your strong hand;
my life as intercession.
You call me, Jesus, to your Way,
to walk with dedication.
You are my guidance and my stay
in every situation.
You teach me, Master, how to live
with joy in generous giving;
to help the needy and to give
our love and be forgiving.
We praise you that wise Francis now
may be our holy teacher.
His teachings and his actions show
a better way to meet you.
Now here we stand with honest heart
and mind to love you dearly.
Now bless the offering on our part
and live with me more nearly.
Ted Witham 2011
Metre: 87 87 Iambic
Dominus Regit Me TiS 145
St Columba TiS 523
The we and our in the final verse can be replaced by I and me if there is only one to be Professed.