‘O Sacred Head’ (for Good Friday)

This hymn goes well back into the Middle Ages, with Bach putting the finishing touches on the melody as we know it today: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded. Sung by the Altar of Praise Chorale.

Our seventh-grade class sang this as part of our Easter concert, back when America was still America.

‘O Sacred Head, Now Wounded’

This is Good Friday, and this hymn, by Johann Sebastian Bach, reminds us why we mark this day–O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, sung by the choir at Kings College, Cambridge.

He was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities.

This is Jesus Christ the Son of God, Our Lord.

Hymn, ‘O Sacred Head Now Wounded’

A reader suggested this last night, so I saved it for this morning: O Sacred Head Now Wounded, by Johann Sebastian Bach.

This was another one we sang in seventh-grade chorus. Let me see if I can remember the words.

O sacred head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down

Now scornfully surrounded, with thorns thine only crown

O sacred head, what glory! What bliss till now was thine

Yet tho’ despised and gory, I’d joy to call thee mine…