Monday, March 23, 2009

Lenten Hymn

As Good Friday is approaching, Bobby (as leader of our church's praise band) has begun rehearsing a song that appropriately celebrates Jesus' ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. The song title is "O Come and Mourn with Me a While" and was written back in 1849, but the arrangement that Bobby is using is from Indelible Grace and the music was written by one of his classmates from seminary, Eric Ashley. It is a beautiful hymn. You can listen to a demo MP3 of it on IG's website here. But I recommend buying the CD, "Indelible Grace III: For All the Saints" so you can listen to the beautiful voice of Sandra McCracken sing it over and over again like I do (as well as all of the other great hymns on there!)

Here are the 4 verses of "O Come and Mourn"

O come and mourn with me awhile, o come ye to the Savior's side. O Come, together let us mourn, Jesus our Lord is crucified.

Seven times he spake seven words of love. And all three hours His silence cried. For mercy on the souls of men.

O break, o break, hard heart of mine! Thy weak self-love and guilty pride. His Pilate and His Judas were. Jesus our Lord is crucified.

A broken heart, a fount of tears, ask and they will not be denied. A broken heart love's cradle is. Jesus our Lord is crucified.

And the chorus (wow):

O love of God! O sin of man! In this dread act Your strength is tried. And victory remains with love. Jesus our Lord is crucified!

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