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Richard Shephard When Jesus Left His Father's Throne

Keyboard [organ/piano]
Original Publication
A Service of Passion Readings and Music
Suggested Uses(s)

SATB and Organ. A hauntingly beautiful tune to match Jame's Montgomery's text. Would be especially effective on Palm Sunday during communion or after the service moves from the celebration of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem into the more poignant Passion narrative.

When Jesus left his Father's throne,
he chose an humble birth;
like us, unhonored and unknown,
he came to dwell on earth.
Like him may we be found below
in wisdom's path of peace;
like him in grace and knowledge grow
as years and strength increase.

Sweet were his words and kind his look,
when mothers round him pressed;
their infants in his arms he took,
and on his bosom blessed.
Safe from the world's alluring harms,
beneath his watchful eye,
thus in the circle of his arms
may we for ever lie.

When Jesus into Zion rode,
the children sang around;
for joy they plucked the palms and strowed
their garments on the ground.
Hosanna our glad voices raise,
hosanna to our King!
Should we forget our Savior's praise,
the stones themselves would sing.


Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304


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