Classic CCM for Holy Saturday into Easter: Christian Stephens’ The Descent, and Arise

April 19, 2014

This is the third of three posts with music from Christian Stephens’ self-titled album (1980, Creation records).

On Wednesday I posted 2 songs:  Look What You’ve Done, and Broken and Bleeding.  On Friday, I posted Song of the Cross which is the first part of a trilogy of songs for the Triduum.

Below follow the two additional songs:  The Descent and Arise.   You should listen to and read the lyrics from Song of the Cross before listening to the songs below.  As explained in yesterday’s entry, the songs imagine a dialogue between Jesus and the Father.

Here’s the audio file (the two songs are combined into one track).  The lyrics follow.

(Should there be any problem with the embedded audio, use this link.)

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The Descent
[S] = the Son, [F] = the Father

[S] O my Father, can You hear me call?
I need Your light, there’s darkness over all.
I ache to hear Your voice but remain here all alone
Father, when will I begin my journey home?

[F] O my Son, I know You cannot hear.
But I am coming, behold I am very near.
Hold to my words until You hear the trumpet call,
Then You my Son will rise the victor of all!

[S] I ache to hear Your voice, but remain here all alone
Father when will I begin my journey home?

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Arise

[F] “Arise! And come to me my Son.
Arise! And come to me my Son!”

[S] Father, I feel Your touch of life from above
Lifting me by the power of Your love.
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
[Death] tried to hold me back,
tried to hold me down,
While the power of life lifts me off the ground.
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
And I have overcome!
Yes, I have overcome!
Yes, I have overcome!

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HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH!!!


A Classic CCM Song for Holy Saturday – He Holds the Keys (Steve Green)

April 19, 2014

Steve Green performing his classic “He Holds the Keys” in concert in 1987.  The song appears on his 1984 album People Need the Lord.  I hear this song in my head whenever I see any iconography regarding Christ and the Harrowing of Hell….!

(scroll down below the icon to see Scriptures that tie in with the song and the painting…)

 harrowing-of-hell

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Acts 2:24 – God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

1 Peter 3:18-19 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,

Colossians 2:13-15 – And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.


Kendall Harmon’s wealth of Holy Saturday entries

April 19, 2014

It’s worth linking all of these in one place:

From the Morning Scripture Readings

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (I)

An In-between Moment

In the End A Sort of Quietness

Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Truth of Holy Saturday: Only the wound is there

With this death which makes of the dead….dead human beings in all reality

The Transition

(RNS) What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday?

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (II)

Jesus Christ was Buried

Softer Quiet, Stunning Stillness

Eugene Peterson on Holy Saturday

Music for Holy Saturday: Let all mortal flesh keep silence from Somerville College, Oxford’s Choir

Mark Judge: The Day After

Upon our Saviour’s Tomb, wherein never man was laid.

George Weigel on Holy Saturday—The King is Sleeping

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (III)

God knows our dying From the Inside

Joel Garver on the 20th century’s greatest Theologian of Holy Saturday

We Simply Have to Wait

Andy Alexander S.J.: A Reflection for Holy Saturday

The Sound is Rarely Heard

In the silence of this night…we live in the hope of the dawn of the third day


Poems for Holy Saturday

April 19, 2014

Here’s the section of Poems for Holy Saturday from our larger compilation of Poems for Holy Week.

5. Holy Saturday:


Three Spiritual Classics for Holy Saturday (from the Pontifications blog archives)

April 19, 2014

From the Internet Archive site:  A few classic posts from Fr. Al Kimel’s old blog Pontifications, of which, sadly, only a few files still remain accessible online:

There is a Great Silence on Earth Today

Death Swallowed Him, Not Knowing Him

Henceforth, Hell Belongs to Christ


Palestrina: Lamentations for Holy Saturday, performed by the Tallis Scholars

April 19, 2014

You can find this recording for purchase here.


DEAD! The Author of Life lies in a tomb….

April 18, 2014
The Passion, detail.  Hans Holbein the younger.  From Web Gallery of Art.

The Passion, detail. Hans Holbein the younger. From Web Gallery of Art.

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How incredible.  Jesus, God Himself, the Author of Life, was nailed to a cross and died, and his Body was placed in a tomb.  How can it be?  A devotional reflection from Desiring God in 2013 reminds us how and why it happened.  The blame rests on US!!

Holy Week makes us uncomfortable. There is glorious life and victory to come on Easter Sunday, but to get there we must pass directly through the darkness of Good Friday. We must remember the day when human malice broke barriers and reached levels of previously unmatched atrocity. The Messiah, the King, come to save mankind, was nailed to an accursed tree and left to die.

There is no immunity for such cosmic treason.

On Good Friday we feel the finger of guilt and culpability rightly shoved into the ribs of humanity:

  • “…this Jesus whom you crucified…” (Acts 2:36)
  • “…you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life…” (Acts 3:14–15)
  • “…whom you killed by hanging him on a tree…” (Acts 5:30)

 

Think on that fact for the next 24 hours….

art credit: (clicking on the image below will give you a larger version)

The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb, Hans Holbein the Younger, from the Web Gallery of Art.

The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb, Hans Holbein the Younger, from the Web Gallery of Art.

 


Lent and Beyond: Good Friday 2014 Index

April 18, 2014

I (Karen) have had the joy and privilege of being able to take a Holy Week retreat the past 2 days, which enabled me to find a a lot of wonderful devotional material online to share here.  I never expected to post so many entries today, but I have been so thankful to spend the day in worship, prayer and reflection through the various devotionals, hymns, poems, etc. that I’ve posted.  Here’s an index of all our Good Friday posts today, starting with the earliest entries first.

  • GOOD FRIDAY 2014 (the header post which appeared at the top of the blog throughout the day with several key links)

 

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After the posting of “DEAD!” at 20:00 GMT this evening, I won’t post anything further until 16:00 GMT tomorrow (noon Eastern) [Jill or Torre may perhaps post some entries, however].  I’ve scheduled five posts for Holy Saturday tomorrow afternoon and evening.  I’ve so enjoyed devotional blogging this Lent and Holy Week.  I hope to be able to continue posting with some frequency throughout the 50 Days of Easter.  Stay tuned….

I and all of us here at Lent & Beyond wish a blessed Good Friday, Holy Saturday and a GLORIOUS Easter to all our readers and friends.  - Karen B.  L&B founder


Good Friday Hymns #4: In Evil Long I Took Delight (John Newton) / The Look (adaptation by Bob Kauflin)

April 18, 2014

Back in 2010 we posted the lyrics to John Newton’s hymn In Evil Long I Took Delight.  At the time, I referenced a modern adaptation of this classic hymn by Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Music.  However, the links provided in our old post no longer work, so I thought I’d post this hymn again this year.

First, the modern adaptation of Newton’s hymn by Bob Kauflin.

The Look, by Bob Kauflin, Sovereign Grace Music  (also available at iTunes)

VERSE 1
I saw one hanging on a tree
In agony and blood
Who fixed His loving eyes on me
As near His cross I stood
And never till my dying breath
Will I forget that look
It seemed to charge me with His death
Though not a word He spoke

VERSE 2
My conscience felt and owned the guilt
And plunged me in despair
I saw my sins His blood had spilt
And helped to nail Him there
But with a second look He said
“I freely all forgive
This blood is for your ransom paid
I died that you might live”

CHORUS
Forever etched upon my mind
Is the look of Him who died
The Lamb I crucified
And now my life will sing the praise
Of pure atoning grace
That looked on me and gladly took my place

VERSE 3
Thus while His death my sin displays
For all the world to view
Such is the mystery of grace
It seals my pardon too
With pleasing grief and mournful joy
My spirit now is filled
That I should such a life destroy
Yet live by Him I killed

© 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI).

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Now, as to John Newton’s original hymn, it is nearly impossible to find any recording of it (with sung lyrics) online or at iTunes.  With some deep digging in Google, however, I found a free download (which I thoroughly scanned for viruses!) of a very nice recording accompanied by acoustic guitar.   I enjoyed hearing John Newton’s lyrics brought to life with a tune that’s simple and singable.

UPDATE:  I kept searching online and I’ve now been able to identify the artist who recorded the version of Newton’s hymn I’ve posted below.  It’s a singer / songwriter from Indiana maned Phil KirkThe track is available on Soundcloud, as are other hymns by this artist.

(should the audio file not display or play properly, try this link)

This hymn by John Newton was part of the famous “Olney Hymnal”  of 1779.  (available online at CCEL) You can hear the tune at the Cyber Hymnal

In evil long I took delight,
Unawed by shame or fear,
Till a new object struck my sight,
And stopped my wild career.

I saw One hanging on a tree,
In agonies and blood,
Who fixed His languid eyes on me,
As near His cross I stood.

Sure, never till my latest breath,
Can I forget that look;
It seemed to charge me with His death,
Though not a word He spoke.

My conscience felt and owned the guilt,
And plunged me in despair,
I saw my sins His blood had spilt,
And helped to nail Him there.

Alas, I knew not what I did,
But now my tears are vain;
Where shall my trembling soul be hid?
For I the Lord have slain.

A second look He gave, which said,
“I freely all forgive;
This blood is for thy ransom paid;
I die that thou mayst live.”

Thus, while His death my sin displays
In all its blackest hue,
Such is the mystery of grace,
It seals my pardon too.

With pleasing grief and mournful joy,
My spirit is now filled;
That I should such a life destroy,
Yet live by him I killed.

- John Newton

Finally, here is some good background on John Newton and his hymn.


Classic CCM for Good Friday: Christian Stephens – Song of the Cross

April 18, 2014

christian-stephens-frontOn Wednesday I shared about a favorite out-of-print CCM album which has many great songs for Holy Week.  Christian Stephens self-titled album from 1980.   I posted 2 songs from the album.  Today I’m posting another song from this album:  Song of the Cross.

Tracks 8 and 9 of the album form a trilogy of songs:

  • Song of the Cross, (track 8)
  • the Descent, and Arise  (track 9)

The songs are an imaginary dialogue between Jesus and the Father during the events of Good Friday and then they continue into Holy Saturday when Christ is in the tomb, and then capture the glory of Easter morning when the Father calls forth Jesus from the tomb.   It’s a very special set of songs which burned themselves on my mind and heart when I was a teenager.  I still get goosebumps and grow teary-eyed when I listen to it, even after all these years…

Here below for Good Friday is the Song of the Cross.  On Saturday evening I will post the Descent and Arise.

I hope these songs bless and encourage you as they have me.  They remind us of Christ’s obedience unto death and the Father’s perfect love that did not spare even His only beloved Son.  How wonderful that this is not just a creative lyric, but TRUTH.  May the Lord help us to adore Him this Good Friday as we remember His death to redeem us.

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Song of the Cross (Christian Stephens, 1980)

(Should there be any problem with the embedded audio, use this link.)

[S] = the Son, [F] = the Father

[S] Oh my Father, they nailed me to the tree
This seeming defeat is Your precious victory
Forgive them Father. They know not what they do
My stripes will heal them.
My blood will see them through.

[F] Dearest Child. If there had been some other way to bring man home
than for Your precious blood to atone for his guilt and sin,
You wouldn’t be there.

[S] O my Father, it is finished, my life is done
Your perfect love has helped me overcome
Oh let Your will be completed within me
And let my life be acceptable unto Thee.

[F] O my Son, Your life indeed was a beautiful song to me
A violin announcing perfect victory
Why can’t they see Your great love for me?

[S] O my Father, I cannot breathe again
I commit my soul into Your glorious hands.
Accept my death on behalf of all my friends
They may not see now, but they will understand in the end.

[F] Beloved One, I cannot help you now,
but just hold on my Son.
You will be with me in a while
And I will hold You close to me
You have set Your brothers free.

[S] O my God, if I had just one more breath
I’d tell them I love them again.
But I feel the sting of death.
It’s cold and hard.
And I feel so alone, but my hope is set on You
In three days I will be home.

[F] My dear child, can You still hear my voice, I’m calling You
I want You to know that I’m so in love with You, I’m in love with You…


For Good Friday: 3 tracks from Max Lucado’s He Chose the Nails

April 18, 2014

He_Chose_Nails_CDEarlier in Lent I posted all the tracks from a now out-of-print and unavailable musical CD which was released to accompany Max Lucado’s devotional book He Chose the Nails in 2000.

I thought I’d highlight three of my favorite tracks here for Good Friday.

They include a spoken devotional by Max Lucado, a short instrumental “Requiem” and Wes King’s wonderful rendition of the Thread of Scarlet which still gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it.  The total play time of these three tracks is about 8 minutes:

(If the playlist does not display or play correctly use these links:  Calvary, Requiem, Thread of Scarlet)


A Baroque “Shape Poem” for Good Friday: On the Crucified Jesus

April 18, 2014

While working on my compilation of Good Friday poems a few weeks ago, one of the most unique poems I found is the following baroque “shape poem” Uber den gekreutzigten Jesus, by  Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg.  This translation is by .  Very impressive to be able to reproduce this shape poem so nicely in translation!

On the Crucified Jesus
See the King of Kings hangs there/
sprinkles us all with his blood.
His wounds are the fountain/
flowing with our salvation.
See /  he stretches out his hands to catch us all;
How he’s longing to press us to his burning heart.
Yes, he bows his dearest head, greedy for kisses.
His thoughts and his limbs alike poured out
to our salvation.
His side is open /
to show his gracious heart:
If we look with a full mind
we shall see ourselves there.
So many stripes/so many wounds/
we may count on his body/
So many springs of victory and blessing
He longed to create for our souls.
Between heaven and earth
longed to offer himself up
and reconcile us with GOD.
To strengthen us/ he faded away:
Yes, his death/ has given life
to me and all the world.
Jesus Christ! Your death and pain
Live and breathe in my heart again!
- Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg , 1633-1694

(trans Grace Andreacchi)
German text


Hymns for Good Friday #3: Ah Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended

April 18, 2014

Thanks to the nice website of the Center for Church Music – SongsandHymns.org (which I linked earlier in Lent), a wonderful version of Ah Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended, written by Johann Heermann in 1630.

Hymn Details here.

Listen here (Mp3)

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast Thou offended,
That man to judge Thee hath 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.

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

Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
For our atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

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.

http://www.songsandhymns.org/hymns/lyrics/ah-holy-jesus-how-hast-thou-offended



A Poem for Good Friday – Amy Carmichael: Lest We Forget

April 18, 2014

I’ve been re-reading a bunch of Amy Carmichael’s poetry from her books Toward Jerusalem, and Mountain Breezes, this Lent.  Here’s one of her poems that’s appropriate for Good Friday.  I particularly like the last line… it reminds me to pray for those who are lost and wandering, that they would find their home, rest and joy in Christ.  How incredible that Christ’s pain was for our joy, and His death became our life – fullness of life for now and eternity.

Home of our hearts, lest we forget
What our redemption meant to Thee,
Let our most reverent thoughts be set
Upon Thy Calvary.

We, when we suffer, turn and toss
And seek for ease, and seek again;
But Thou upon Thy bitter cross
Wast firmly fixed in pain.

And in our night star-clusters shine,
Flowers comfort us, and joy of song;
No star, no flower, no song was Thine,
But darkness three hours long.

We in our lesser mystery,
Of lingering ill, and winged death,
Would fain see clear; but could we see,
What need would be for faith?

O Lord beloved, Thy Calvary
Stills all our questions. Come, oh come,
Where children wandering wearily
Have not yet found their home.

- Amy Carmichael, Rose from Briar, page 46


Patrick Comerford’s Sermons on the Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross

April 18, 2014

In 2011, the Rev. Patrick Comerford posted a series of seven sermons at his blog on the seven last words of Christ.  They are meaty and worth savoring if you can take the time:

Seven Last Words (1): ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing’

Seven Last Words (2): ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise’

Seven Last Words (3): ‘Woman, here is your son … Here is your mother’

Seven Last Words (4): ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

Seven Last Words (5): ‘I am thirsty’

Seven Last Words (6): ‘It is finished’

Seven Last Words (7): ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit’


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