Good Friday

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Ah, Holy Jesus

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
that we to judge thee have in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted!

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee!
‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee;
I crucified thee.

Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered.
For our atonement, while we nothing heeded,
God interceded.

For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,
thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation;
thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
for my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,
I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,
think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,
not my deserving.

Text by Johann Heermann, translated by Robert Seymour, version from United Methodist Hymnal 1989, courtesy of Hymnary.org: http://www.hymnary.org/text/ah_holy_jesus_how_hast_thou_offended


Image: Le Breton, Jacques ; Gaudin, Jean. Crucifixion, the spear or lance piercing Jesus’ side, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.  http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=51563 [retrieved April 3, 2015]. Original source: Collection of Anne Richardson Womack.

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