A lyric hymn with optional descant suitable for use in Lent, Holy Week, or on Good Friday or Holy Cross. Purchase one copy for use at your church or institution; reproduction is permitted with purchase, and this hymn is covered under ONE LICENSE.
O Cross whose wood is all our race’s boast, may God forbid we glory save in thee,
for peace and mercy blossomed on your tree, a new creation for a world once lost.
Upon your wood, vain pride was crucified; I to the world as it to me there died.
Now streams flow forth abundant from your side that cleanse the earth and my soul purify.
Most blissful wood, more fruitful in delight than that first tree of which we ate and died,
your flower is Christ, the food that springs to life made everlasting, new and glorified.
So with the psalmist let us all proclaim: God from the wood victorious shall reign;
and let all choirs of heaven and earth acclaim the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit’s name.
Thomas B. Stratman