Go...To Dark Gethsemane

Lent Begins

Let us remember to take advantage of the extra services offered by our congregations as we relect on the magnitude of Christ's sacrifice for us.

The following hymn is a favorite of mine (online source: http://www.projectwittenberg.org/etext/hymnals/tlh/gethsemane.txt). Don't forget verse 4!

"Go to Dark Gethsemane"

by James Montgomery, 1771-1854
Text From: THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) # 125

Go to dark Gethsemane,
Ye that feel the Tempter's power;
Your Redeemer's conflict see,
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away,
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgment-hall,
View the Lord of life arraigned;
Oh, the wormwood and the gall!
Oh, the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
Learn of Him to bear the cross.

Calvary's mournful mountain climb;
There, adoring at His feet,
Mark that miracle of time,
God's own sacrifice complete.
"It is finished!" hear Him cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.

Early hasten to the tomb
Where they laid His breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom,--
Who hath taken Him away?
Christ is risen! He meets our eyes.
Savior, teach us so to rise.

Notes:
Hymn #159 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Lam. 3:19
Author: James Montgomery, 1820, 1825
Composer: Richard Redhead, 1853
Tune: "Gethsemane"

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