Sunday, February 18, 2007

It is finished!

From "Melody Moments"...

Our series of Passion hymns by Hallgrim Petursson (1614-74) continues with another of Jesus’ Seven Last Words. C. V. Pilcher translated the hymn from Icelandic. The tune is OLD HUNDREDTH (Lutheran Worship No. 461).

Jesus, the mighty work achieved,
The offered vinegar received;
Then, knowing that His hour was near,
Cried, It is finished, loud and clear.

Attend, my soul; to thee doth cry
The Son of God, who reigns on high:
All that for thy release sufficed
Is finished, saith the dying Christ.

Finished for thee the Law’s command,
Finished, redemption’s dread demand,
Finished, what prophets spake of old,
Finished, the grace thou shalt behold.

The praises of my grateful heart
Take, Lord, for all Thou dost impart:
Thy work’s perfection—wondrous feat—
My incompleteness makes complete.

Help me, my Savior, day by day
To tread where Thou hast shown the way;
And finish, in obedience true,
The work Thou givest me to do.

IMAGE: Detail of Christ from Crucifix by Giotto di Bondone. Photo by Mauro Magliani. Alinari Archives /CORBIS.

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