Christ of the Sad Face

reflecting some of the Gospel readings for Holy Week

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: WELLINGTON

Lyrics as Poetry

Christ of the sad face, Christ who will weep
tears for the city, tears for the earth,
how can you love us, feeling our hate,
stoning the prophets, scheming your death?Torture and terror darken the light,
justice imprisoned struggles to plead,
older the world is, yet little wise,
deaf to your story, blind to your lead.Christ who would mother, feathers outspread,
all of God’s people under your wing,
over and over speaking your love —
let your compassion now in us sing.Peace is your longing: peace be our way,
peace is your greeting: peace be our word,
peace for the children, peace without tears,
peace of the spirit centered in God.


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 1996 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Comments About Song

Comment by SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY
from her books
“Every Day in Your Spirit” (#5) and
“Faith Makes the Song” (#7):

“This hymn finds its source in the Gospel readings for Holy Week (Matthew 24, Luke 13). The words reflect on our slowness to be caught up in Jesus’s passion for peace and justice.”


Every Day in Your Spirit
and
Faith Makes the Song

are published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA


                                                    Audio Sample

"CHRIST OF THE SAD FACE"
One verse played on piano

Scripture References

  • Matthew 24
  • Luke 13

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Compassion
  • Heal, Healing
  • Justice, Human Rights
  • Lent
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Prophets, Prophecy

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