Lent – Palm Sunday – April 17

Matthew 27:11-54

“Christ, to you be glory.” Holy Week begins with the Passion according to St. Matthew. Heinrich Schütz set it in 1666 for Dresden’s Lenten observance. His final chorus was a meditative summary with a long history of Christian use in various forms. The ancient Latin Laus tibi, Christe (“Praise to you, Christ”) was turned into German as part of a medieval hymn and then shaped into the last stanza of the 16th century chorale Schütz used. The concluding Greek (“Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy”) reaches back to the New Testament. Here is a form of the hymn for meditation.
Christ, to you be glory, for you gave your breath on the cross, to suffer for us a bitter death and live with God Creator for all time to come. Help us weary sinners to your blessed home.
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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