Hymn for Lent (Day 3): Out of the depths

This does not especially relate to today’s readings, but it seems vaguely appropriate for a Friday in Lent. Mostly it was inspired by yesterday’s nod to Martin Luther.

Out of the depths I cry to Thee;
Lord, hear me, I implore Thee!
Bend down Thy gracious ear to me;
I lay my sins before Thee.
If Thou rememberest each misdeed,
If each should have its rightful meed,
Who may abide Thy presence?

Thou grantest pardon through Thy love;
Thy grace alone availeth;
Our works could ne’er our guilt remove;
Yea, e’en the best life faileth.
For none may boast himself of aught,
But must confess Thy grace hath wrought
Whate’er in him is worthy.

And thus my hope is in the Lord,
And not in my own merit;
I rest upon His faithful Word
To them of contrite spirit.
That He is merciful and just,
Here is my comfort and my trust;
His help I wait with patience.

Text: Martin Luther (1524)
Translated: Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)

Here is a lovely performance of Bach’s setting of the traditional chorale melody for this text. Sinéad O’Connor has a song on her Theology album inspired by this text. It’s well worth a listen.

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2 Responses

  1. I’d be more into your Lent hymn thing if you posted videos of you singing them. While wearing vestments. And standing on one foot. In procession.

  2. Scott Gunn says:

    If you’re lucky, Tim, maybe I’ll post a video of Christ Church singing the Great Litany on Sunday. I’d be wearing vestments in procession. At key moments, I’d be on one foot. Would that work?