Scripture Verse

By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15

Introduction

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Descent from the Cross
Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)

Words: Chris­toph Fisch­er, 1597 (Wir dank­en dir, Herr Je­su Christ). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Au­gust Crull, 1923.

Music: Wir dan­ken dir Berg­krey­en (Wit­ten­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1562) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Fisch­er (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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August Crull (1845–1923)

Lyrics

Lord Je­sus, we give thanks to Thee
That Thou hast died to set us free;
Made right­eous through Thy pre­cious blood,
We now are re­con­ciled to God.

By vir­tue of Thy wounds we pray,
True God and man, be Thou our stay,
Our com­fort when we yield our breath,
Our res­cue from eter­nal death.

Defend us, Lord, from sin and shame;
Help us by Thine almigh­ty name
To bear our cross­es pa­tient­ly,
Consoled by Thy great ago­ny.

And thus the full as­sur­ance gain
That Thou to us wilt true re­main
And not for­sake us in our strife
Until we en­ter into life.