Hymns of Hope and Comfort: The Head that Once Was Crowned with Thorns

Hymns of Hope and Comfort: The Head that Once Was Crowned with Thorns April 24, 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty in the COVID-19 wilderness, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’m going to be daily using my blog to share texts and videos of hymns that pass along hope and comfort until the restrictions are lifted, and we can worship in our buildings once again. I hope you find them to be encouraging and edifying during this time.

Take care, everyone. Wash your hands. And keep the faith.

This recording is from St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, with Gerre Hancock at the console.

The head that once was crowned with thorns
is crowned with glory now;
A royal diadem adorns
the mighty victor’s brow.

The highest place that heaven affords
is his, is his by right,
the King of kings and Lord of lords,
and heaven’s eternal Light;

the joy of all who dwell above,
the joy of all below,
to whom he manifests his love
and grants his Name to know.

To them the cross with all its shame,
with all its grace is given;
their name, an everlasting name;
their joy the joy of heaven.

They suffer with their Lord below,
they reign with him above;
their profit and their joy to know
the mystery of his love.

The cross he bore is life and health,
though shame and death to him:

his people’s hope, his people’s wealth,
their everlasting theme.

Thomas Kelly, 1820


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