Christians everywhere, from midnight if not before, will reflect on the Sacrifice of the Cross. The words of the Irish poet, Cecil Frances Alexander, on Calvary, are clearly appropriate.

Alexander also wrote the glorious poem  ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ (which you know as a hymn, since it was set to music).


There is a green field far away

Without a city wall

Where the dear Lord was crucified

Who died to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell

What pains He had to bear

But we do know it was for us

He hung and suffered there.

He died that we might be forgiven

He died to make us good

That we might go to heaven at last

Saved by his Precious Blood.

There was none other good enough

To pay the price of sin!

He only could unlock the gate

Of Heaven, and let us in.

O, dearly, dearly has He loved

And we must love Him too

With all our strength and all our mind

And prove our love is true.

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