09 March 2008

Hymn of the Day for Judica

My song is love unknown,
My Savior’s love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O who am I, that for my sake
My Lord should take, frail flesh and die?

He came from His blest throne
Salvation to bestow;
But men made strange, and none
The longed for Christ would know:
But O! my Friend, my Friend indeed,
Who at my need His life did spend.

Sometimes they strew His way,
And His sweet praises sing;
Resounding all the day
Hosannas to their King:
Then “Crucify!” is all their breath,
And for His death they thirst and cry.

Why, what hath my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
He gave the blind their sight,
Sweet injuries! Yet they at these
Themselves displease, and ’gainst Him rise.

They rise and needs will have
My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they saved,
The Prince of life they slay,
Yet cheerful He to suffering goes,
That He His foes from thence might free.

In life, no house, no home
My Lord on earth might have;
In death no friendly tomb
But what a stranger gave.
What may I say? Heav’n was His home;
But mine the tomb wherein He lay.

Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine;
Never was love, dear King!
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.

4 comments:

Family of Michael & Jen-Yi Paul said...

Could you let me know when and how the DVDs of the catechism instruction are available? thanks!

Brian P Westgate said...

I have to admit, this is not one of my favorite hymns, partly because of an error. It calls St. Joseph of Arimathea a stranger. If he were a disciple of Jesus, then Jesus certainly knew him personally, and even if not, all men are known to God. Besides that, we Englishmen (OK, I'm mostly Deutsch) believe that St. Joseph was the uncle of the Blessed Virgin, and even took Jesus to England with him at least once. St. Joseph's relation to Jesus explains why he so easily got permission to take His Holy Body, which into death was given, life for us to win in heaven, down from the Cross to bury Him. (I suppose it's obvious I want to sing a certain hymn I haven't sung in church in a while . . .)

William Weedon said...

About the Catechism Services. I *think* Pr. Lehmann will continue to put them up on Google Video so they'll all be available. We don't have the capability of mass producing them, but if we put them up there, they can be seen on any computer.

Brian,

I'm hearing echos of "And did those feet in ancient times..."!

Brian P Westgate said...

If the shoe fits . . .