What kind of king is this, who at the place called skull
hangs crucified in public sight with criminals?
To God on high he cries, for those who brought him there,
“Forgive them for they do not know,” was his heart’s pray’r.
While soldiers took his clothes, some people stood and watched.
“If you’re the Christ then save yourself,” their leaders scoffed.
Above his head a sign to all proclaimed him king.
His throne a cross portends the loss of ev-ry-thing.
One bandit at his side spoke up as to deride,
“Get moving, save yourself and us if you are Christ.”
the other did confess and offered up a plea.
“When you come to your kingdom, Lord, remember me.”
This day we hail him king and Lord of everything.
In praise we raise both hearts and voices as we sing.
Proclaim Emmanuel, Messiah, Jesus Christ,
who said, “today you’ll be with me in Paradise.”
Image: ‘Golgotha’ by Master of the Prodigal Son, 16th century
Source: Luke 23:33-43
Text: David Alexander, 2007, CCO
Tune: Yigdal (Leoni), Public Domain
Audio: www.smallchurchmusic.com Used by Permission