Royal Banners

Daily Offices during Holy Week are awesome.

The royal banners forward go,
the cross shines forth in mystic glow;
where he in flesh, our flesh who made,
our sentence bore, our ransom paid.

There whilst he hung, his sacred side
by soldier’s spear was opened wide,
to cleanse us in the precious flood
of water mingled with his blood.

Fulfilled is now what David told
in true prophetic song of old,
how God the nations’ King should be;
for God is reigning from the tree.

O tree of glory, tree most fair,
ordained those holy limbs to bear,
how bright in purple robe it stood,
the purple of a Saviour’s blood!

Upon its arms, like balance true,
he weighed the price for sinners due,
the price which none but he could pay,
and spoiled the spoiler of his prey.

To thee, eternal Three in One,
let homage meet by all be done:
as by the cross thou dost restore,
so rule and guide us evermore.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
Christ committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
By his wounds you have been healed.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

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  • Wolf Paul

    This always reminds me of the Stations of the Cross (Kreuzwegandacht) of my Roman Catholic childhood, every Friday throughout lent:
    Wir beten dich an, Herr Jesus Christus, und preisen dich: denn durch dein heiliges Kreuz hast du die Welt erlöst.

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