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The Words on the Cross

164. Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do

7.7.7.6

Words on the Cross:

William Henry Monk, 1889

The Litany:

William Henry Monk, 1889

Sung to "Words on the Cross"

Sung to "The Litany"

PART I

"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." -- Lk 23:34

PART II

"Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise." -- Lk 23:43

PART III

"Woman, behold thy son!" "Behold thy mother!" -- Jn 19:26,27

PART IV

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" -- Mt 27:46

PART V

"I thirst." -- Jn 19:28

PART VI

"It is finished." -- Jn 19:30

PART VII

"Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit." -- Lk 23:46

Thomas B. Pollock, 1870

"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."

"Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise."

"Woman, behold thy son!"

"Behold thy mother!"

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

"I thirst."

"It is finished."

"Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit."

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Jesus, in thy dying woes,

Even while thy life-blood flows,

Craving pardon for thy foes:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

Savior, for our pardon sue,

When our sins thy pangs renew,

For we know not what we do:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

O may we, who mercy need,

Be like thee in heart and deed,

When with wrong our spirits bleed:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

Jesus, pitying the sighs

Of the thief, who near thee dies,

Promising him Paradise:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

May we, in our guilt and shame,

Still thy love and mercy claim,

Calling humbly on thy Name:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

O remember us who pine,

Looking from our cross to thine;

Cheer our souls with hope divine:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

Jesus, loving to the end

Her whose heart thy sorrows rend,

And thy dearest human friend:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

May we in thy sorrows share,

And for thee all peril dare,

And enjoy thy tender care:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

May we all thy loved ones be,

All one holy family,

Loving for the love of thee:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

Jesus, whelmed in fears unknown,

With our evil left alone,

While no light from heaven is shown:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

When we vainly seem to pray,

And our hope seems far away,

In the darkness be our stay:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

Though no Father seem to hear,

Though no light our spirits cheer,

Tell our faith that God is near:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

Jesus, in thy thirst and pain,

While thy wounds thy life-blood drain,

Thirsting more our love to gain:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

Thirst for us in mercy still;

All thy holy work fulfill:

Satisfy thy loving will:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

May we thirst thy love to know;

Lead us in our sin and woe

Where the healing waters flow:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

Jesus, all our ransom paid,

All thy Father's will obeyed,

By thy sufferings perfect made:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

Save us in our soul's distress,

Be our help to cheer and bless,

While we grow in holiness:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

Brighten all our heavenward way

With an ever holier ray,

Till we pass to perfect day:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

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Jesus, all thy labour vast,

All thy woe and conflict past,

Yielding up thy soul at last:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

When the death shades round us lower,

Guard us from the tempter's power,

Keep us in that trial hour:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

May thy life and death supply

Grace to live and grace to die,

Grace to reach the home on high:

Hear us, Holy Jesus.

Amen.

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