"If we are to follow Christ, it must be in our common way of spending every day. [...] If our common life is not a common course of humility, self-denial, renunciation of the world, poverty of spirit, and heavenly affection, we don't live the lives of Christians."
- William Law, author of A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
This hymn, like last week's, is also written to an old traditional Irish tune: in this case, the famous "Minstrel Boy." I've paired it with the story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The first verse serves as an introduction; the middle three declare Jesus' offices of prophet, priest, and king, and the final verse looks forward to the great, triumphal return of Christ in glory. I haven't included sheet music for this hymn, because I couldn't find a public-domain arrangement that fit the minor alterations I had made; but it would be simple enough to find sheet music for the tune online if you're so inclined.
Hosanna to the King of Kings
Come, gather 'round the crowded road, And acclaim our Savior's glory! We, with the multitude, will roar As Jesus ends his journey.
Refrain: Hosanna to the King of kings, All hail him who salvation brings! Oh, blessed is the king who comes In the name of the Lord, the Holy One!
"Who is this man?" the city cries, "Riding out like this to Zion?" "Jesus, the prophet," we reply, "Proclaiming God's salvation!"
Not prophet only, but a priest, Jesus comes to work atonement: His sacrifice will bring us peace; His death is his enthronement!
True king is he, of David's line, Come extol his royal power! Messiah comes to reign on high; Sin and death he triumphs over!
One day in glory he will ride With the hosts of heav'n behind him; We will shout as he cleaves the sky; Every knee will bow before him!
"Praying will do more to make the Church what it
ought to be than anything else we can do.Prayer will do more to root out heresy than all the heresy trials ever
held.Prayer will do more to straighten
out tangles and misunderstandings and unhappy complications in the life of a
Church than all the counsels and conferences ever held.Prayer will do more to bring a deep and
lasting and sweeping revival, a revival that is real and lasting altogether of
the right sort, than all the organizations ever devised by man."
Look upon us, O Lord,
and let all the darkness of our souls
vanish before the beams of thy brightness.
Fill us with holy love,
and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom.
All our desire is known unto thee,
therefore perfect what thou hast begun,
and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.
We seek thy face,
turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory.
Then shall our longing be satisfied,
and our peace shall be perfect.
Instead of using an old hymn tune for my new composition this week, I went with a lovely old Irish tune, "Mo Ghile Mear." It goes back three or four hundred years and was originally written as a lament. Popular contemporary versions include those done by The Chieftains and Celtic Woman. Below you'll find the lyrics, a simple version of my hymn's sheet music, and a sound file of my own rather humble performance.
On the Cross of Calvary
Chorus: On the cross of Calvary, In the broken tomb we see God's great love poured out for us And grace throughout eternity!
Jesus came to bring us peace-- We who lived life sinfully, We who scorned our God's decree-- Yet he, in love, has set us free! Chorus
'Neath the lash and 'neath the thorns, Christ the king was cruelly scorned; We are saved by grace alone, And in his death we are reborn!
As the lamb in Moses' day, Jesus on the wood was laid; He, as priest and off'ring paid Has full atonement for us made.
In the silence of the tomb Deathless God did death endure; From the grave alive he burst: Our Lord, through death, destroyed its curse!
Through his death, through shattered grave, Our Lord, by his endless grace, Ransomed us, forgiveness gave, And we, through Jesus' love, are saved!