Archive for the ‘Passion Sunday’ Tag

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.

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!