Jesu, deine Passion

Your Wounds Are My Heart's Pasture

As far as I know, Bach wrote one cantata for Palm Sunday, Himmelskönig sei willkommen, "Welcome, King of Heaven" (BWV 182).

The centerpiece is a chorale fugue on the melody, Jesu Kreuz, Leiden und Pein. The melody lives on in our hymnal (TLH 140, "Jesus I will Ponder Now"). Text follows:

Jesu, deine Passion
Jesus, your passion
Ist mir lauter Freude,
is for me pure joy,
Deine Wunden, Kron und Hohn
your wounds, crown and shame
Meines Herzens Weide;
are my heart's pasture;
Meine Seel auf Rosen geht,
My soul walks on roses
Wenn ich dran gedenke,
if I think on this,
In dem Himmel eine Stätt
in heaven a place
Uns deswegen schenke.
for this reason grant to us.

(Translation courtesy of

For a nice description of the work overall, see

The text does a nice job of presenting "The Great Exchange" -- contrasting Christ's infinite suffering with our serene, pastoral joy in the salvation we receive through our faith.

Although Scripture provides many examples of this type of imagery, let me close with Psalm 100:

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.