Thursday, October 27, 2022

408. Passion Sunday (Series B)

The lessons for this service are Zechariah 9:9-12, Philippians 2:5-11 and either John 12:12-19 and Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-47 or John 12:20-43 (!!!). Since I've already written a full set of "Passion According to" hymns on an epic scale, this hymn doesn't go there. Also, since my hymn for this point in Series A went the "Palm Sunday procession" route, this hymn also doesn't go there. I also wrote a hymn about John 12:23-33, so this hymn doesn't go there. What does that leave us? Read on to find out. The tune is DU GROSSER SCHMERZENSMANN by Martin Jan (1652), another tune that I'm stealing from a German Lutheran hymnal and for which I'll have to write an original harmonization one of these days.

Many were Jesus' signs
Done in full view of men's eyes;
Yet Him they sought to kill.
Isaiah thus prophesies:
"Who has our word believed?
Who saw God's arm revealed?
He has their eyes made blind
Lest they see and be healed."

Yea, God made hard their hearts
Lest they believe and repent,
As in the days of plague,
That Pharaoh should not relent.
Thus, even shown God's pow'r,
They chased their stubborn scheme,
While He their malice used
His children to redeem.

Open our eyes and hearts,
Lord, and unbend our stiff necks,
Lest we reject Your grace,
Nor let us Your Spirit vex.
Grant us to see the mark
You daubed on us in blood,
Drink in Your humble mind
And share Your living food!

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