Friday, March 29, 2013

Ah, Holy Jesus

(I am completely off the internet for the day. Here's a lovely Good Friday hymn for you.)

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.

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

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

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.


  1. Just found this blog. This is a beautiful hymn; thanks for posting it. I didn't know that the Catholics sung it, too, though.

  2. Thank you. Yes, Catholics do sing this hymn. Why wouldn't we?

    1. I know of no reason why you wouldn't. I just didn't know that you did.