I’m not sure how widespread this Lenten hymn is beyond the churches of Rus, but for us it is the entrance hymn sung throughout Great Lent, and it comes with a strong message.
NOTE: The original source has a typo: in the third verse, near the end, it should read “Be my strength to repent”.
It’s called Beneath Your Cross, and the tone is dark, almost like a funeral song. It’s from a Christian, exhausted from the battle with evil, seeking the strength to continue the fight, asking the Lord for help. At the end of the hymn he asks the Lord for the strength to repent, but that is not the part I want to focus on today, rather it is the endgame.
I want to key in on an aspect of repentance that is rarely spoken about, yet is so vital to the process, for without this piece…
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