Scripture Verse

We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. Hebrews 2:9

Introduction

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Thomas Kelly
1769–1855

Words: Tho­mas Kel­ly, Hymns on Va­ri­ous Pass­ag­es of Scrip­ture, fifth edi­tion (Du­blin, Ire­land: 1820).

Music: St. Mag­nus at­trib­ut­ed to Je­re­mi­ah Clarke in The Di­vine Com­pan­ion, se­cond edi­tion, by Hen­ry Play­ford (Lon­don, 1707). Har­mo­ny by Will­iam H. Monk, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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The Crowning with Thorns
Michelangelo Caravaggio
1571–1610

Lyrics

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 Heav’n af­fords
Belongs to Him 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 giv’n;
Their name an ev­er­last­ing name,
Their joy the joy of Heav’n.

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.