Reflections on how Christians help each other to grow and mature in loving God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love their neighbor as themselves.

Monday, April 13, 2009

A Wesley Hymn for the First Week of Easter

This hymn is #7 in Charles Wesley’s Hymns for Our Lord’s Resurrection published in 1746.

Jesus, show us thy salvation,

(In thy strength we strive with thee)

By thy mystic incarnation,

By thy pure nativity,

Save us thou, our new-creator,

Into all our souls impart,

Thy divine un-sinning nature,

Form thyself within our heart.

By thy first blood-shedding heal us;

Cut us off from every sin,

By thy circumcision seal us,

Write thy law of love within;

By thy Spirit circumcise us,

Kindle in our hearts a flame;

By thy baptism baptize us

Into all thy glorious Name.

By thy fasting and temptation

Mortify our vain desires,

Take away what sense, or passion,

Appetite, or flesh requires;

Arm us with thy self-denial,

Every tempted soul defend,

Save us in the fiery trial,

Make us faithful to the end.

By thy sorer sufferings save us,

Save us when conformed to thee,

By thy miseries relieve us,

By thy painful agony;

When beneath thy frown we languish,

When we feel thine auger’s weight,

Save us by thine unknown anguish,

Save us by thy bloody seat.

By that highest point of passion,

By thy sufferings on the tree,

Save us from the indignation

Due to all mankind, and me

Hanging, bleeding, panting, dying,

Gasping out thy latest breath,

By thy precious death’s applying

Save us from eternal death.

From the world of care release us,

By thy decent burial save us,

Crucified with thee, O Jesus,

Hide us in thy quiet grave:

By thy power divinely glorious,

By thy resurrection’s power

Raise us up, o’er sin victorious,

Raise us up to fall no more.

By the pomp of thine ascending,

Live we here to heaven restored,

Live in pleasures never ending,

Share the portion of our Lord:

Let us have our conversation

With the blessed Spirits above,

Saved with all thy great salvation,

Perfectly renewed in Love.

Glorious Head, triumphant Savior,

High enthroned above all height,

We have now thro’ thee found favor,

Righteous in thy Father’s sight:

Hears he not thy prayer unceasing?

Can he turn away thy face?

Send us down the purchased blessing,

Fullness of the gospel-grace.

By the coming of thy Spirit

As a mighty rushing Wind,

Save us into all thy merit,

Into all thy sinless mind;

Let the perfect gift be given,

Let thy will in us be seen,

Done on Earth as ‘tis in Heaven:

Lord, thy Spirit cries Amen!

(Meter: 87.87 D, Tunes: austria, beach spring, hyfrydol)

Collect for Monday in Easter Week (BCP)

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with awe the Paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


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