HOLY MANNA 188.8.131.52 D (“God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens”)
Two disciples, sent by Jesus, entered into one small town.
There they spied a colt still standing where Christ said it would be found.
Two disciples asked to use it and its owners soon agreed.
They responded to the calling when they heard the Lord had need.
Jesus rode into the city, there amid the cheering crowd.
Many people sang, “Hosanna!” “Come and save!” they cried out loud.
People laid their cloaks before him as the Lord was passing by;
many honored him as Savior, as the Lord rode on to die.
On that Thursday, in the garden, Jesus said, “Now, stay awake.”
Yet they could not keep their vigil, even for their Savior’s sake.
One betrayed him, one denied him; many felt great fear and loss.
One was made to walk beside him and to carry Jesus’ cross.
One lone man and several women stayed and watched, as Jesus died.
Someone offered up a tomb there after Christ was crucified.
All these ordinary people witnessed such a mighty thing.
May we, too, see our salvation in our suffering servant King.
Biblical References: Luke 19:28-40; Luke 22-23
Tune: William Moore’s Columbian Harmony, 1825
Text: Copyright © 2019 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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