Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday & The Old Rugged Cross

The Old Rugged Cross by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo Cross_zps3efa59e7.jpg

Today is "Good Friday" - let us remember what Jesus did for us & read
Luke 23: 26 - 49
& then sing along with this amazing hymn:

"The Old Rugged Cross"  written & composed by George Bennard (1873-1958).  I have always loved this hymn & never realized until now that there is a link to Michigan!! (which is where I live).  George Bennard received some ridicule during a revival meeting and wrote the first verse as a response to that ridicule & he happened to be in Albion, Michigan.  Then, he travelled to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin where he completed writing this wonderful hymn.  Guess where he was when he first performed this song? - In Michigan!!  (June 7th, 1913 in Pokagan, Michigan)!!

I could not pick just 1 video!  Below the lyrics I have included three YouTube Videos of this wonderful hymn.  Please take time to listen. 

Turn with me to number 146 in your hymnals and let's sing:

The Old Rugged Cross

written & composed by George Bennard, (1873-1958)

1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of suffering and shame;  And I love that old cross where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain.


2.   Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, Has a wondrous attraction for me;  For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above To bear it to dark Calvary.


3.  In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, A wondrous beauty I see;  For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died To pardon and sanctify me.


4.  To the old rugged cross I will ever be true, Its shame and reproach gladly bear;  Then He'll call me some day to my home far away, Where His glory forever I'll share.


So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, ..........Till my trophies at last I lay down;  I will cling to
cross,        the old rugged cross,                                                        

 the old rugged cross, ...........And exchange it some day for a crown.
cross,        the old rugged cross, 

Many thanks to "JohnnyCash1Fan1" for sharing on YouTube

A special thanks to "ReggieGoo" for sharing this with us on YouTube

Thank you to "TheTrueSeven" for sharing this on YouTube
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo Day_zpsb50f87c9.jpg

Linked to:
Freedom Fridays


  1. Thank you for the link party! I followed you on Google+

  2. This is such a beautiful song. Thanks for sharing it today!


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