Scripture Verse

They clothed Him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about His head. Mark 15:17


Christ at the Column
Antonello da Messina

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Ber­nard of Clair­vaux, 1153 (Sal­ve ca­put cru­en­ta­tum). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Hen­ry W. Bak­er in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861.

Music: Pas­sion Cho­rale Hans L. Hass­ler, Lust­gar­ten neu­er teutsch­er Ge­säng, 1601. Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach, 1729 (🔊 pdf nwc). Hass­ler orig­in­al­ly set this tune to the se­cular words Mein Gmüt ist mir ver­wir­ret, das mächt ein Jung­frau zart.

Bernard of Clairvaux


O sacred head, surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
So shamed and put to scorn!
Death’s pallid hue comes o’er Thee,
The glow of life decays;
Yet angel hosts adore Thee,
And tremble as they gaze.

I see Thy strength and vigor
All fading in the strife,
And death with cruel rigor
Bereaving Thee of life;
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesu, all grace supplying,
O turn Thy face on me.

In this Thy bitter passion,
Good Shepherd, think of me
With Thy most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be:
Beneath Thy cross abiding
For ever would I rest,
In Thy dear love confiding,
And with Thy presence blest.