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Introduction to the Gospel for Lent

The Death of God


Again we listen to the tortured tale

of Jesusí final hours, his cruel death;

abandoned, one by one; we watch His final breath

the blood and water from his side impaled

His passion, read like this, ten million times

(once, for every victim of the holocaust)

when read, the more the sorrow, more the cost

as He again in love surrenders to our crimes.

This tale descends down to the lowest rung;

God dies; where lifeless on the tree Heís hung.

[Year B - Good Friday]

Archdeacon Harold Macdonald


Lyrics: When Jesus Came

Background tune: The Water is Wide

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