Thursday, April 9, 2020

When You Woke That Thursday Morning

A deeply moving Holy Week text by Jaroslav Vajda (1919-2008), it is set in LSB (#445) to the tune by Marty Haugen (b. 1950) JOYOUS LIGHT, which I feel is a bit too 'cheerful' for this text.  A far better match in my opinion is the tune MAUNDY by David Schack (b. 1947) and is shared in the following link. The somber character of this tune better supports the reflective nature of this fine text.

When You woke that Thursday morning,
    Savior, teacher, faithful friend,
Thoughts of self and safety scorning,
    Knowing how the day would end;
Lamb of God, foretold for ages,
    Now at last the hour had come
When but One could pay sin’s wages:
    You assumed their dreadful sum.
Never so alone and lonely,
    Longing with tormented heart
To be with Your dear ones only
    For a quiet hour apart:
Sinless Lamb and fallen creature,
    One last paschal meal to eat,
One last lesson as their teacher,
    Washing Your disciples’ feet.
What was there that You could give them
    That would never be outspent,
What great gift that would outlive them,
    What last will and testament?
“Show Me and the world you love Me,
    Know Me as the Lamb of God:
Do this in remembrance of Me,
    Eat this body, drink this blood.”
One in faith, in love united,
    All one body, You the head,
When we meet, by You invited,
    You are with us, as You said.
One with You and one another
    In a unity sublime,
See in us Your sister, brother,
    One in ev’ry place and time.
One day all the Church will capture
    That bright vision glorious,
And Your saints will know the rapture
    That Your heart desired for us,
When the longed-for peace and union
    Of the Greatest and the least
Meet in joyous, blest communion
    In Your never-ending feast.

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