April 10, 2009

A Hymn...

As you think on Christ's death today, take some time to consider these words. This hymn is be T. B. Pollock and is written to complement the seven sayings of Christ while he was on the cross. It is 21 stanzas long, but well worth the time to read through it. Have a blessed, Christ-centered Good Friday.

Father, forgive them...
JESUS, in Thy dying woes,
Even while Thy life-blood flows,
Craving pardon for Thy foes!
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
2. Saviour, for our pardon sue,
When our sins Thy pangs renew,
For we know not what we do.
Hear us Holy Jesus.
3. Oh, may we, who mercy need,
Be like Thee in heart and deed,
When with wrong our spirits bleed!
Hear us Holy Jesus.
Today in Paradise...

4. Jesus, pitying the sighs
Of the thief who near Thee dies,
Promising him Paradise:
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
5. May we in our guilt and shame,
Still Thy love and mercy claim,
Calling humbly on Thy name!
Hear us, Holy Jesus.

6. Oh, remember us who pine,
Looking from our cross to Thine,
Cheer our souls with hope divine!
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
Woman, behold thy son...
7. Jesus, loving to the end
Her whose heart Thy sorrows rend,
And Thy dearest human friend,
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
8. May we in Thy sorrow share,
And for Thee all peril dare,
And enjoy Thy tender care!
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
9. May we all Thy loved ones be,
All one in holy family,
Loving for the love of Thine!
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
Why hast Thou forsaken me...
10. Jesus, whelmed in fears unknown,
With our evil left alone,
While no light from heaven is shown: --
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
11. When we vainly seek to pray,
And our hope seems far away,
In the darkness be our stay!
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
12. Though no Father seem to hear,
Though no light our spirits cheer,
Tell our faith that God is near.
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
I thirst...
13. Jesus, in Thy thirst and pain,
While Thy wounds Thy life-blood drain,
Thirsting more our love to
gain: --
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
14. Thirst for us in mercy still,
All Thy holy work fulfill—
Satisfy Thy loving will!
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
15. May we thirst Thy love to know;
Lead us in our sin and woe
Where the healing waters flow!
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
It is finished...
16. Jesus, all our ransom paid,
All Thy Father’s will obeyed,
By Thy sufferings perfect made: --
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
17. Save us in our soul’s distress,
Be our help to cheer and bless,
While we grow in holiness!

Hear us, Holy Jesus.
18. Brighten all our heavenward way,
With an ever holier ray,
Till we pass to perfect day!
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
Father, into Thy hands...
19. Jesus, all Thy labor vast,
All Thy woe and conflict past,—
Yielding up Thy soul at last: --
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
20. When the death shade round us lower,
Guard us from the tempter’s power,
Keep us in the trial hour!
Hear us, Holy Jesus.
21. May Thy life and death supply
Grace to live and grace to die,
Grace to reach the home on high!
Hear us, Holy Jesus.

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