Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Death of Jesus Christ Our Lord

My favorite Maundy Thursday Holy Communion hymn is LSB 634.  Text by Haquin Spegel, 1645-1714; stanza 5 by LSB.  In LSB it was moved from "Passion Week" section in LW to "The Lord's Supper" section because it can be used whenever we celebrate the Sacrament.

The death of Jesus Christ, our Lord,
We celebrate with one accord;
It is our comfort in distress,
Our heart’s sweet joy and happiness.

He blotted out with His own blood
The judgment that against us stood;
For us He full atonement made,
And all our debt He fully paid.

That this forever true shall be
He gives a solemn guarantee:
In this His holy Supper here
We taste His love so sweet, so near.

His Word proclaims and we believe
That in this Supper we receive
His very body, as He said,
His very blood for sinners shed.

We dare not ask how this can be,
But simply hold the mystery
And trust this word where life begins:
“Given and shed for all your sins.”

They who this word do not believe
This food unworthily receive,
Salvation here will never find—
May we this warning keep in mind!

But blest is each believing guest
Who in these promises finds rest;
For Jesus ever shall remain
With all who here His grace obtain.

Help us sincerely to believe
That we may worthily receive
Your Supper and in You find rest.
Amen! They who believe are blest.

1 comment:

Aaron Rohde said...

Truly a great hymn; we are going to be singing it this evening as we begin our worship.

Please continue the timely posts of wonderful texts and hymns!