Singing Through Lent: Have Mercy on Us

Starting today, Ash Wednesday, various Wiser Lake Chapel folks will be sharing a favorite hymn, its lyrics, a short devotional and an online version, to observe the season of Lent. 

Please join us in “Singing and Listening through Lent” to what our God wants us to hear.

Holy God
Holy and Mighty
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy, have mercy on us.

Holy God
Holy and mighty,
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy, have mercy on us.

Holy God
Holy and mighty
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy, have mercy, have mercy,
Have mercy, have mercy on us.
~Fernando Ortego “Trisagion”

On this day,
We begin the dusty journey
into the darkest ash heap
of our souls, confronting
our limitations,
our temptations,
our inability to think of ourselves second,
our acknowledgement that salvation
comes from no work of our own.

Have mercy on our heads bowed low,
listening to what you have to teach us.

Sing at Home: As With Gladness Men of Old

  1. As with gladness men of old
    Did the guiding star behold,
    As with joy they hailed its light,
    Leading onward, beaming bright;
    So, most gracious Lord, may we
    Evermore be led to Thee.
  2. As with joyful steps they sped
    To that lowly manger bed,
    There to bend the knee before
    Him whom heav’n and earth adore;
    So may we, with willing feet,
    Ever seek Thy mercy seat.
  3. As they offered gifts most rare
    At that manger rude and bare;
    So may we with holy joy,
    Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
    All our costliest treasures bring,
    Christ, to Thee, our heav’nly King.
  4. Holy Jesus, every day
    Keep us in the narrow way;
    And, when earthly things are past,
    Bring our ransomed souls at last
    Where they need no star to guide,
    Where no clouds Thy glory hide.

Sing at Home: Good Christian Men Rejoice

1.     Good Christian men, rejoice
        With heart, and soul, and voice;
    Give ye heed to what we say:
                News! News!
    Jesus Christ was born to-day:
    Ox and ass before Him bow,
    And He is in the manger now.
Christ is born today! Christ is born today.

2.     Good Christian men, rejoice,
        With heart, and soul, and voice;
    Now ye hear of endless bliss:
                Joy! Joy!
    Jesus Christ was born for this!
    He hath ope’d the heav’nly door,
    And man is blessed evermore.
Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!

3.     Good Christian men, rejoice
        With heart, and soul, and voice;
    Now ye need not fear the grave:
                Peace! Peace!
    Jesus Christ was born to save!
    Calls you one, and calls you all,
    To gain His everlasting hall:
Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save!

Sing at Home: Coventry Carol

1. Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child.
By, by, lully, lullay.

2. O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

3. Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

4. Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.
~traditional Coventry Carol