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O Thou, Who in that Last, Sad Night   2 comments


Above:  Christ in Gethsemane, by Heinrich Hofmann

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Text (1725) by Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760)

English Translation by John Anketell (1835-1905)

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)


O Thou, Who in that last, sad night,

Ere Thou didst yield to death,

Didst teach Thine own of Love’s sweet might,

As with Thy dying breath,


Remember, Lord, Thy little flock,

Whom trifles now divide,

And make them one in Thee, their Rock,

As Thine elected bride.


Compel our proud and stubborn sense,

That will not know its Lord,

And lead us in Thy love from hence

To Thy Love’s sweet reward.

That Solemn Night   6 comments

Above:  Church of the Common Ground, Atlanta, Georgia, April 5, 2012

(The Church of the Common Ground is a ministry to homeless people.)

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Source = The Church Hymnal (1935), of the Church of the United Brethren, a predecessor body of The United Methodist Church (1968-)

Words (1768) by the Reverend Joseph Hart (1712-1768)


1.  That solemn night before his death,

The Lamb, for sinners slain,

Did, almost with his dying breath,

This solemn feast ordain.

2.  To keep the feast, Lord, we have met,

And to remember thee;

Help each each poor trembler to repeat,

For me, he died, for me.

3.  Thy suff’rings, Lord, each sacred sign

To our remembrance brings;

We eat the bread and drink the wine,

But think on nobler things.

4.  Oh, tune our tongues, and set in frame

Each heart that pants for thee,

To sing, Hosanna to the Lamb,

The Lamb that died for me.

Holy Week: Maundy Thursday   1 comment

Above:  St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Suwanee, Georgia, April 1, 2010

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


O Thou, Who in That Last, Sad Night:

Prayer for Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday:

Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way:

That Solemn Night:


Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way   17 comments

A Hiking Trail

Image Source = Jonathunder


Hymn Source = Lutheran Service Book (2006), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Words (in 1997) by the Reverend Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. (1923-2007), a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1976-1989)



1.  Lord, help us walk Your servant way

Wherever love may lead

And bending low, forgetting self,

Each serve the other’s need.

2.  You came to earth, O Christ, as lord,

But pow’r You laid aside.

You lived Your years in servanthood;

In lowliness You died.

3.  No golden scepter but a towel

You place within the hands

Of those who seek to follow You

And live by Your commands.

4.  You bid us bend our human pride

Nor count ourselves above

The lowest place, the meanest task

That waits the gift of love.

5.  Lord, help us walk Your servant way

Wherever love may lead

And, bending low, forgetting self,

Each serve the other’s need.

Prayer for Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday   5 comments

Bishop J. Neil Alexander Celebrates Holy Eucharist at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Oakwood, Georgia, February 20, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Prayer Source = Jonathan Montaldo, compiler, Lent and Easter Wisdom from Thomas Merton:  Daily Scripture and Prayers Together with Thomas Merton’s Own Words (Liguori, MO:  Liguori, 2007), page 93

Prayer by Jonathan Montaldo


I unite myself with those who gather in your name

to receive the sacrament of your body and blood.

You have made me one with you and with them

by the power of your Holy Spirit.

Unworthy, I am called to your servant and your hospitality.

I shall gratefully sit and eat.