Saturday, March 6, 2010

Go To Dark Gethsemane - Lenten Hymn

I used to sing this song when I belonged to the Moravian Church. I love their music.

Go to Dark Gethsemane

Go to dark Gethsemane, Ye who feel the tempter's power;
Your Redeemer's conflict see, Watch with Him one bitter hour.
Turn not from His griefs away; Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgment hall, View the Lord of life arraigned;
O the wormwood and the gall! O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame or loss; Learn of Him to bear the Cross.

Calvary's mournful mountain climb, There, adoring at His feet,
Mark that miracle of time, God's own Sacrifice complete.
"It is finished!" hear Him cry; Learn of Jesus Christ to die.

Early hasten to the tomb, Where they laid His breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom; Who hath taken Him away?
Christ is risen - He meets our eyes! Saviour, teach us so to rise.

James Montgomery, 1820 C.I. La Trobe, 1790

Here is a post from 2008 of this song. I have more songs and posts about Moravian traditions under my Moravian Label.

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Denise said...

Thanks for sharing.

Rev. Sonja said...

I love this hymn.

Karen said...

I have not heard this before. It is a great song. I miss the church organ and choir, but love the new music also.

Lisa notes... said...

The tune sounds vaguely familiar, but the words aren't, so I'll count this as a new song for me. Very rich in meaning and draws me into Gethsemane to find strength... Thanks for sharing it with us.

Mocha with Linda said...

I'm not familiar with this song. It's beautiful.

whidbeywoman said...

What a beautiful hymn! Thanks for sharing this Spiritual Sunday.
Have a great week!

sarah said...

beautiful are a blessing. sarah

Charlotte said...

I've never been to a Moravian church or heard this song. It is really beautiful. I'm glad you included the words. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Cherdecor said...

We have a big Moravian church in Lititz with an all girls' school. Maybe I already told you.

I love pipe organ music.

Debbie said...

Haven't heard this before, but I loved it. Thanks for sharing it. Have a wonderful week.

Lisa said...

I had never heard this particular song is beautiful.

Joan said...

I had not heard this hymn before. Thank you for sharing!


RCUBEs said...

So beautifully played...I was so tired that I didn't even know that I clicked on your previous SS post. Oh my! Sorry...But I love Keith Green anyway :) Thank you for this. God bless you always.

Peggy said...

Blessings my dear friend Cathy...
Beautiful organ music! Powerful words in this old hymn.

In the second verse when he started playing the upper right hand, it truly made it sound like judgement.
Music can so change moods.

I have to share what I did this week besides spring cleaning and being sick. I dug out my little keyboard that I brought with me and put on organ, than flute, tried each instrument and picked out "Father, I Adore You" ...

(((hugs))) Thanks for sharing,

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LivingforGod said...

Beautiful music. Thanks for sharing the words, too.

Renee said...

The words of this hymn are beautiful and familiar.
God bless.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

Beautiful! Like Charlotte said, I'm glad that you added also.
God Bless,

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

It is beautiful. It has been a bit of time since I have heard the organ. Thanks for posting this. ~

Saleslady371 said...

This speaks volumes during this season. Thank you, Cathy, for teaching me new things.

Clif said...

I loved this post and the music. I clicked on the label Moravians and I enjoyed the beautiful flowers and especially the old church building you used more than once ( at Salem I think you said). I read the post about traditions and it was good but I was hoping for more information about the Moravian doctrine or beliefs. Can you direct me to a site where I may find that information? Thanks again for this interesting post.

daylily777 said...

I had not heard this , but I love it . I love old hymns . They have solid Biblical truths .

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Wow! Does this ever bring back memories! Beautiful! Thank you, Cathy, for sharing and have a lovely day.


Maxine said...

We have another song we sing to this exact same hymn. We sing it often at our communion service--"Til He Come." I love hearing it played on the organ.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sis,
I have never heard this before but I do love the words. How have you been, I have been home all week with asthma attacks sore throat etc. It's been a long time since I ever had such a bad cold and cough. I have missed you.. it's so good to see you posting for Spiritual sundays... You are a blessing!!!

Luv Ya Lorie