The Passover of Gladness

Here is the next hymn I’m featuring for Passion Week — beautiful lyrics!


The Day of Resurrection

 The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad;

The Passover of gladness, the Passover of God.

From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky,

Our Christ hath brought us over with hymns of victory.


Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright

The Lord in rays eternal of resurrection light;

And, list’ning to His accents, may hear, so calm and plain,

His own “All hail!” and, hearing, may raise the victor strain.


Now let the heav’ns be joyful! Let earth her song begin!

The world resound in triumph, and all that is therein;

Let all things seen and unseen their notes of gladness blend;

For Christ the Lord hath risen, our Joy that hath no end.


John of Damascus, 8th century

Henry T. Smart

Thorns Thy Only Crown

This week I’m featuring hymn lyrics for the Easter season.  I chose some that are not as familiar as others, so the lyrics will really speak to us all.

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

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

Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thy only crown,

How art Thou pale with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!

How does that visage languish which once was bright as morn!


What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered was all for sinners’ gain;

Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.

Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ‘tis I deserve Thy place;

Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.


What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,

For this Thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end?

O make me Thine forever; and, should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never outlive my love for Thee!

German: Paul Gerhardt

Hans Leo Hassler

Harmonized by J.S. Bach

Always Good to See Family

Our final stop on our journey back to Boston was in New Hampshire to visit family again.

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The fall is certainly the best time to see all these areas of New England.

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We took another walk through the beautiful woods near their home. I love the old stone walls.

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The next stop on our journey was at Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  The Berkshires were beautiful driving through on the way.

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We got to the Norman Rockwell Museum just in time to view the wonderful artwork before it closed.

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The last time I was at the museum I actually met the man that posed as the little boy in this famous piece.

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Our friend, Sharon, works at the museum so we had arranged to go for dinner together.  The beautiful fall colors were evident everywhere.

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We had such a good time with our friend, but then had to bid farewell.

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In this Norman Rockwell classic, the same man that I met posed again as the little boy in the scene.

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Vermont In Bright Colors

We were pleased to find some pretty colors in Vermont as we continued to head West.  We were a little late for the most spectacular colors but still found some gorgeous spots.

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All the old churches are so pretty in these little villages.

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We saw lots of maple syrup everywhere we went, and I think Sarah bought some to take to Texas with her.

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After a couple of days in Boston we headed West to find more fall colors.

2014-10-18 13.36.22We stopped in Concord to see the historic site of the start of the Revolutionary War.

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We saw a statue of a soldier and then a real one who answered some of Paul’s questions.

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I enjoyed seeing this mother and baby resting by the river.

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Sarah was impressed by the huge leaves that had fallen in the area.

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Then we had a great lunch at the 1716 Colonial Inn of Concord — I highly recommend it.

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Before leaving the area we stopped by Walden Pond, of course.

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