Play it Again, Sam!

Maybe my title doesn’t make much sense to our readers, but it does to me –Sam is our organist!  I can’t close out my discussion of the cross without one more hymn I love that extolls it — Lift High the Cross.  Sam can play it again any time he wants!  It was written in 1887 by George Kitchin, who was the Church of England Dean of Winchester at the time.  It was intended to be used as a festival hymn and was first at Winchester Cathedral.  Some have suggested that the inspiration for the hymn comes from the conversion story of Constantine the Great, after he saw a cross with the words “in hoc signo vinces” (in this sign thou shalt conquer) in a vision.  It was first published in the U.S. in 1974, and shortly after that was added to the Lutheran Book of Worship (ELCA hymnal) and later to Lutheran Worship (Missouri-Synod hymnal).  It’s often used during Lent to evoke the message of the sacrificial love of Christ.

For more about Lent see:

Lenten Discipline

Final Questions For Lent

A Lenten Quote