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Lenten Hymns and their Story

March 24, 2023 “Jesus, I will Ponder Now” Jesus, I will ponder now on Your holy passion;With Your Spirit me endow for such meditation.Grant that I in love and faith may the image cherishOf Your suff’ring, pain, and death that I may not perish. LSB 440

Lenten Hymns and their Story

March 23, 2023 “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken” O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou brokenThat such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken?Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession,What dark transgression? LSB 439

Lenten Hymns and their Story

March 22, 2023 “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth” A lamb goes uncomplaining forth, the guilt of sinners bearing and,Laden with the sins of earth, none else the burden sharing;Goes patient on, grows weak and faint, to slaughter led without complaint,The spotless life to offer, He bears the stripes, the wounds, the lies,The mockery, and yet […]

Lenten Hymns and their Story

March 21, 2023 “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed” When Isaac Watts (1674-1748) published this hymn, he placed in the section of his book titled “composed on Divine Subjects”. Within this section, he assumed that one would sing and read one after another, thus learning the entire message of Christ’s Gospel.This hymn was published in […]

Lenten Hymns and their Story

March 20, 2023 “Go to Dark Gethsemane” The author of this hymn, James Montgomery (1771-1854), is a declining star in the world of English hymn writers. During his lifetime, he wrote approximately 400 sacred lyrics, and fourteen of them made it into our Lutheran Hymnals. Among them, are “Angels from the Realms of Glory”, “Hail […]

Lenten Hymns and their Story

March 17, 2023 “Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain” Come to Calvary’s holy mountain, sinners, ruined by the fall;Here a pure and healing fountain flows for you, for me, for all,In a full, perpetual tide, opened when our Savior died. LSB 435

Lenten Hymns and their Story

March 16, 2023 “Lamb of God, Pure and Holy” Lamb of God, pure and holy, who on the cross didst suffer,Ever patient and lowly, Thyself to scorn didst offer.All sins Thou borest for us, else had despair reigned o’er us:Have mercy on us, 0 Jesus! O, Jesus! LSB 434

Lenten Hymns and their Story

March 15, 2023 “Glory be to Jesus” This hymn, so essential to the keeping of a Holy Lent within the Missouri Synod, emerges from a strong Italian Catholic root. The hymn was brought to protestant attention through a nineteenth century translation by Edward Caswall (1814-78),a former Anglican who had “gone over”, as he recorded, to […]

March 14, 2023

Lenten Hymns and their Story “In Silent Pain the Eternal Son” In silent pain the eternal son hangs derelict and still;In darkened day His work is done, fulfilled, His Father’s will.Uplifted for the world to see He hangs in strangest victory,For in His body on the tree He carries all our ill. LSB 432

Lenten Hymns and their Story

March 13, 2023 “Not all the Blood of Beasts” Not all the blood of beasts on Jewish altars slainCould give the guilty conscience peace or wash away the stain. LSB 431