Johann Franck, 1618-77
Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78
Isaiah 61:10; Revelation 19:7-8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 6:35; John 6:48-51; John 6:57-58

The hymn for April 13, 2017 (Holy Thursday) is “Soul Adorn Yourself With Gladness,” hymn 636 in Lutheran Service Book. Prelude is from J.S. Bach's Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654. Organist is Mark Peters.


(Stanza 1 copyrighted and omitted)

2 Hasten as a bride to meet Him,
And with loving rev'rence greet Him.
for with words of life immortal
He is knocking at your portal.
Open wide the gates before Him,
Saying, as you there adore Him:
Grant, Lord, that I now receive You,
That I nevermore will leave You.

3 He who craves a precious treasure
Neither cost nor pain will measure;
But the priceless gifts of heaven
God to us has freely given.
Though the wealth of earth were proffered,
None could buy the gifts here offered:
Christ's true body, for you riven,
And His blood, for you once given.

(Stanza 4 and 5 copyrighted)

6 Jesus, sun of life, my splendor,
Jesus, friend of friends, most tender,
Jesus, joy of my desiring,
Fount of life, my soul inspiring:
At Your feet I cry, my maker,
Let me be a fit partaker
Of this blessèd food from heaven,
For our good, Your glory, given.

7 Lord, by love and mercy driven,
You once left Your throne in heaven
On the cross for me to languish
And to die in bitter anguish.
To forego all joy and gladness
And to shed Your blood in sadness.
By this blood redeemed and living,
Lord, I praise You with thanksgiving.

8 Jesus, bread of life, I pray You,
Let me gladly here obey You.
By Your love I am invited,
Be Your love with love requited;
By this Supper let me measure,
Lord, how vast and deep love's treasure.
Through the gift of grace You give me
As Your guest in heav'n receive me.