Beckenhorst, 2016

SATB, piano  Editors' Choice

A time-honored text comes to life in this passionate setting for SATB Choir and Piano. Both beautiful and powerful in the telling of the story of salvation, placing the cross and the Crucified “in our hearts forever.” Suitable for any occasion of worship during Passion Week, particularly poignant for Good Friday.

With its focus on the cross of Christ, His suffering and our response, the thought-provoking Savonarola text of “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” (SATB, Piano, BP 2098, $2.00), ably set by Timothy Shaw, deserves consideration for Lenten or Good Friday services. (The Journal, National Association of Church Musicians, Jan-Feb 2017, vol. 68/1)

Preview

Jesus, refuge of the weary, blest Redeemer, whom we love,
fountain in life’s desert dreary, Savior from the world above:
often have your eyes, offended, gazed upon the sinner’s fall;
yet upon the cross extended, you have borne the pain of all.

Do we pass that cross unheeding, breathing no repentant vow,
though we see you wounded, bleeding, see your thorn-encircled brow?
Yet your sinless death has brought us life eternal, peace, and rest;
only what your grace has taught us calms the sinner’s deep distress.

Jesus, may our hearts be burning with more fervent love for you;
may our eyes be ever turning to behold your cross anew
till in glory, parted never from the blessed Savior’s side,
graven in our hearts forever, dwell the cross, the Crucified.

Amen.