Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.@Luke 23:34
Avis M. Christiansen (1895–1985)

Av­is M. Chris­tian­sen, 1920. She wrote the words at the re­quest of Har­ry Loes, who had writ­ten the tune.

Har­ry D. Loes (🔊 pdf nwc).

Descent from the Cross
Jan S. van Hemessen (1500–1556)

Up Calvary’s mountain, one dreadful morn,
Walked Christ my Savior, weary and worn;
Facing for sinners death on the cross,
That He might save them from endless loss.


Blessèd Redeemer! Precious Redeemer!
Seems now I see Him on Calvary’s tree;
Wounded and bleeding, for sinners pleading,
Blind and unheeding—dying for me!

Father forgive them! thus did He pray,
E’en while His lifeblood flowed fast away;
Praying for sinners while in such woe
No one but Jesus ever loved so.


O how I love Him, Savior and friend,
How can my praises ever find end!
Through years unnumbered on Heaven’s shore,
My tongue shall praise Him forevermore.