The church my husband and I visited for Maundy Thursday (in liturgical churches this is the service that commemorates the Passover when Jesus institutes the sharing of Holy Communion) used this hymn during the distribution of the Sacrament. Although it was familiar, I hadn’t heard it for a long time, and it prompted me to look it up. The words were written by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) and it is said to be his first him (he wrote about 600). Published in 1843, Bonar apologized for it saying, “It might be good gospel, but it is not good poetry.” Whether it is good poetry or not, it speaks to me, and maybe it will to you!
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