Sunday, April 20, 2003

my recommended holy week hymn, instead of Love Unknown?
Ah, Holy Jesus. Presbyterian Hymnal 93.
Text: Johann Heermann, 1630 (Trans. Robert Bridges, 1899, altered version found in Psalter Hymnal 1987)
Tune: HERZLIEBSTER JESU,, Johann Cruger, 1640

Ah, holy jesus, how have you offended,
That mortal judgment has on you descended?
By foes derided, by your own rejected,
O most afflicted!

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon you?
It is my treason. Lord that has undone you.
'Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied you;
I crucified you.

For me, dear Jesus, was your incarnation,
Your mortal sorrow, and your life's oblation,
Your death of anguis and your bitter passion,
For my salvation.

Therefore, dear Jesus, since I cannot pay you,
I do adore you, and will ever praise you,
Think on your pity and your love unswerving,
Not my deserving.

now, i recognize that this is as individualist as they come. i suggest that this hymn be paired with O Love, How Deep, how Broad, How High. it is five verses and I am NOT going to type them all out. it is PH number 83...tune DEO GRACIAS (LM).

And, since Easter is tomorrow....I highly recommend "Christ Is Alive!", number 108, by Brian Wren, to the tune TRURO (also LM). or Jesus Christ is Risen Today, number 123, tune EASTER HYMN. :-) that one has a descant that is particularly fun to sing if you are standing near a brass ensemble in your church. heheh!

anyway, i am supposed to be doing stuff right now, and i might be going out (i still don't know...). it's time to figure out the evening, or to write a paper. i enjoyed this little foray into the wonderful world of hymnody...can you tell what my interest and passion is? hmm......

happy easter, all...

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