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Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 5, 2007

In honor of Maundy Thursday (and because I’ve been at church all evening), instead of writing a post, I thought I’d share a hymn that explains what this day is about.

John 15:9-15
Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
     But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead. 
     Answering again, Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”
     They shouted back, “Crucify Him!”
     But Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!”
     Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676

O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, Thine only crown;
How pale Thou art with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
Which once was bright as morn!

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners’ gain:
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But Thine the deadly pain;
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
‘Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor,
Vouchsafe to me Thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
To thank Thee, dearest Friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever,
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love to Thee.

  1. Friday, April 6, 2007 12:35 pm

    Oh, I love this song. It’s just beautiful. One of my favorites.
    Also, thank you for posting the great info/link on character development/photos on ACFW. I’m looking forward to digging into the infomation, and I found a great new blog!


  2. Friday, April 6, 2007 6:11 pm

    This is one of my faves too–

    I actually picked it (I did a solo) for our Christmas Eve communion service just this last year.
    Our God is so *good* to us!


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