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The Cross of Christ Gives Light and Life

by Benjamin M. Culli

Item #: 984233 / 2016 / Saddle-stitched paperback / 8 Pages


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The comforting text of this anthem by Benjamin M. Culli points us to the hope that is ours through Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Including unison, two-part, three-part, and easy four-part writing, all supported by a simple and gentle accompaniment, this warm and lovely piece with a new text and tune for SATB and organ is rich and varied, yet still easily learned.

The cross of Christ gives light and life
Mid tumult, tempest, stress, and strife.
Though heavy crosses now we bear,
In Jesus’ cross we gladly share.

From depths of woe we cry to You;
Our broken hearts, O Lord, renew.
You know our pain, our bleak despair;
Lord, quickly come. Lord, hear our prayer.

When doubt and darkness dim our world,
And clouds of chaos round us swirl,
When life is torn by sin and hell,
By Your own cross You make us well.

Upon the cross You bore the weight
Of sin and death, of shame and hate.
You take our grief and deepest fear;
Your cross gives hope and healing here.

Come now with grace and peace divine,
In water, Word, in bread and wine.
Into our midst Your Spirit send;
Give faith and comfort to the end.

Lord, fix our eyes on Your dear Son,
Who, by the cross, the vict’ry won;
At last, then bring us by Your grace
Where we may see You face to face.

Text © 2016 Concordia Publishing House.


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