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Clear O’er the Hills Ring Out   4 comments

Hills in Summer

Above:  Hills in Summer

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1929) by Ferdinand Quincy Blanchard (1876-1966)

Hymn Source = New Worship and Song with Worship Services and Source Materials (1942), General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches in the United States

I found a reference to this hymn and its source at  I read the text today, after my copy of New Worship and Song arrived.


Clear o’er the hills ring out the glad hosannas,

Bright shines the sunlight on the pilgrim throng,

Onward he rides to bear his wondrous message.

Seeking its truth the world has waited long.


Will they accept him, finding God his Father;

Loving with strength and heart and soul and mind;

Will they accept and walk his way of service

Leading to wider joy for all mankind?


So through all ages still he comes appealing,

Calling the sons of men from self to God,

Quickening the love that binds man to his neighbor,

Showing the path redeeming love has trod.


Grant us, O God, the heart of full allegiance,

Teach us the secret of his gain through loss,

Fit us to build the Kingdom of thy purpose,

So to fulfill the triumph of his cross.

Thy Palm Trees Fed with Dew and Sun   2 comments

Palm Trees

Above:  Palm Trees

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1921) by Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)


1.  Thy palm trees with dew and sun,

Thy cedars crowning Lebanon,

Thine olives of Gethsemane,

O Lord of Light, all worshipped thee.


Hosanna! Hosanna! To the Son of David,

Hosanna! Hosanna! To the Son of David,

Hosanna, To the Son of David, Hosanna!

2.  Let oaks and elms take up thy praise,

Let maples, birches, willows raise

Adoring branches in thy sight,

O Lord of Beauty, Lord of Light.


3.  Thou art the vine, to thee we bring

Ourselves thy branches, glad with spring;

By ripening fruit may we be known,

O Lord of Light and Love, thine own.


Jesus! Exalted Far On High   2 comments

Entry of Christ into Jerusalem

Above:  Entry of Christ Into Jerusalem, by Wilhelm Morgner

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church of America (1918-1962) and its immediate predecessor bodies

Text (1805) by Thomas Cotterill (1779-1823)


1.  Jesus! exalted far on high,

To whom a Name is given–

A Name surpassing ev’ry name

That’s known in earth or heaven!

2.  Before Whose throne shall ev’ry knee

Bow down with one accord;

Before Whose throne shall ev’ry tongue

Confess that Thou art Lord;

3.  Jesus, Who in the form of God,

Didst equal honor claim,

Yet, to redeem our guilty souls,

Didst stoop to death and shame!

4.  O may that mind in us be formed

Which shone so bright in Thee,

An humble, meek, and lowly mind,

From pride and envy free.

5.  May we to others stoop, and learn

To emulate Thy love;

So shall we bear Thine image here,

And share Thy throne above.

Thou Goest to Jerusalem   2 comments

Crucifix I July 15, 2014

Above:  One of My Crucifixes

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Words (1921) by Anna Bernadine Dorothy Hoppe (1889-1941)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal and Order of Service (1925), The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod


1.  Thou goest go Jerusalem,

O Son of God, to suffer,

And for a world of sinful men

Thy spotless life to offer;

Thou bearest anguish, pain, and loss,

The mockers’ scorn, the scourge, the cross,

To win for us salvation.

2.  Before Thee lies Gethsemane,

The scene of bitter anguish;

Thine eyes behold the Calvary

Where Thou in pain must languish;

The bleeding wounds, the bitter gall,

The crown of thorns, the judgment hall,

The burdened soul’s affliction.

3.  Thou art the Way, the Truth, the Life;

We pray Thee, Master, lead us

Away from earth’s vain, restless strife;

With heavenly manna feed us.

Thou who hast died to save the lost,

Help us, dear Lord, to weigh the cost,

And follow Thee, our Saviour.

Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!   3 comments

Ride On

Above:  The Slightly-Altered Hymn Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Sources = The Church Hymnary (1927) and Handbook to The Church Hymnary (1927), Presbyterian

Words (published in 1827) by Henry Hart Milman (1791-1868)


1.  Ride on! ride on in majesty!

Hark! all the tribes’ “Hosanna!” cry;

Thy humble beast pursues his road

With palms and scattered garments strowed.

2.  Ride on! ride on in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die;

O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin

O’er captive death and conquered sin.

3.  Ride on! ride on in majesty!

The winged squadrons of the sky

Look down with sad and wondering eyes

To see the approaching sacrifice.

4.  Ride on! ride on in majesty!

Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;

The Father on His sapphire throne

Awaits His own anointed Son.

5.  Ride on! ride on in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die;

Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain,

Then take, O God, Thy power, and reign.

O Thou Eternal Christ of God   3 comments


Above:  Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Greensboro, Georgia, Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1935), of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1784-1939); the Methodist Protestant Church (1828-1939); the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1845-1939); and The Methodist Church (1939-1968)

Words (1933) by Calvin Weiss Laufer (1864-1938), U.S. Presbyterian Minister and Hymnodist


1.  O Thou Eternal Christ of God,

Ride on! Ride on! Ride on!

Establish Thou for evermore

The triumph now begun.

A mighty host, by Thee redeemed,

Is marching in Thy train:

Thine is the Kingdom and the power,

And Thou in love shalt reign.

2.  O Holy Saviour of mankind,

Ride on! Ride on! Ride on!

We bear with Thee the scourge and cross

If so Thy will is done.

And be the road uphill or down,

Unbroken or well trod,

We go with Thee to claim and build

A city unto God.

3.  O Thou whose dreams enthrall the heart,

Ride on! Ride on! Ride on!

Ride on till tyranny and greed

Are evermore undone.

In mart and court and parliament

The common good increase,

Till men at least shall ring the bells

Of brotherhood and peace.

4.  O Thou who art the Life and Light,

Exalted Lord and King.

We hail Thine august majesty

And loud hosanna sing.

Until in every land and clime

Thine ends of love are won:

O Christ, Redeemer, Brother, Friend,

Ride on! Ride on! Ride on!

Holy Week: Palm/Passion Sunday-Wednesday   1 comment

Above:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Milledgeville, Georgia, March 27, 2010

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta








Posted January 30, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 2000s

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Prayer for Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday   4 comments

Palm Sunday Procession–A Chinese Depiction

Image in the Public Domain

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 85

Prayer by Jonathan Montaldo

(I have changed one possessive pronoun.  “Their” has become “his or her.”)


Today I unite myself with every person, of every faith,

who regards Jerusalem as his or her holy city.

I consider the tears of Jesus.

Wash me in your tears, Lord, as I ponder my ignorance of your peace.

Prayer of Dedication for Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday   4 comments

Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

Image Source = Wikipedia

Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)


Glory be to you, O God, for the gift of creation and its bounteous mercies.  Praise be to you, O Christ, for redeeming love and the promise of new life.  Thanks be to you, O Holy Spirit, for guidance, counsel, and abiding revelation.  O blessed Trinity, we honor and worship you in presenting our offerings.  Take our lives and let them be consecrated, O God, to you.

Prayer of Confession for Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday   4 comments

Entry of Christ Into Jerusalem

Image Source = Wikipedia

Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)


Said in unison:

O God of love, who sent Jesus among us, hear our confession and forgive our sin.  When we invoke Christ’s name for selfish reasons, have mercy upon us.  When our faith is convenient and does not lead to commitment, surround us with grace, that we may repent.  We are prone to call on you to satisfy our needs; we practice obedience without cost to our comfort.  Forgive our leisurely approach to your sacrifice for us as Christ intercedes on our behalf.

Posted February 24, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 1900s

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