Songs for Lent – New York Hymns

Red Mountain Music along with a number of other fantastic musicians from the New York area released a collections of songs last year called simply “Songs for Lent.”  The texts were curated by Cardiphonia from the Sacred Harp as they entered into conversation with the traditional Stations of the Cross.  The music is still available on NoiseTrade.  We also encourage you to make a donation that will benefit Plywood People – a 501c3 organization helping address social needs

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Thanks to this site for the inspiration for this project!

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First – Christ condemned to death
(music by Kanene and Jason Pipkin)

Remember, Lord, our mortal state;
How frail our lives! how short the date!
Where is the man that draws his breath,
Safe from disease, secure from death?

Lord, while we see whole nations die,
Our flesh and sense repine and cry;
Must death forever rage and reign?
Or hast Thou made mankind in vain?

Words: Isaac Watts, 1719
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)

Second Station – The cross is laid upon Jesus
(music by Brian T Murphy)

Broad is the road that leads to death
And thousands walk together there;
But wisdom shows a narrow path,
With here and there a traveler.

“Deny thyself, and take thy cross,”
Is the Redeemer’s great command;
Nature must count her gold but dross,
If she would gain this heav’nly land.

The fearful soul that tires and faints
And walks the ways of God no more,
Is but esteemed almost a saint,
And makes his own destruction sure.

Lord, let not all my hopes be vain,
Create my heart entirely new,
Which hypocrites could ne’er attain,
Which false apostates never knew.

Words: Isaac Watts, 1707
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)

Third Station – Jesus falls
Vers #1 by Chris Miner –
Vers#2 by Clint Wells – mp3 ¦ chord chart

And am I born to die?
To lay this body down!
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown?

A land of deepest shade,
Unpierced by human thought;
The dreary regions of the dead,
Where all things are forgot!

Soon as from earth I go,
What will become of me?
Eternal happiness or woe
Must then my portion be!

Waked by the trumpet sound,
I from my grave shall rise;
And see the Judge with glory crowned,
And see the flaming skies!

Words: Charles Wesley, 1763
Meter: Short Meter (6,6,8,6)

Fourth Station – Jesus meets his mother
Vers#1 by Bruce Benedict – Leadsheet
Vers#2 by Brian T Murphy –

I’m dying, Mother, dying now;
Please raise my aching head,
And fan my heated, burning brow,
Your boy will soon be dead.

Turn o’er my pillow once again,
And kiss my fevered cheek;
I’ll soon be freed from all the pain,
For now I am so weak.

Words: Anonymous
Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)

Fifth – Simon of Cyrene is made to bear the cross
(music by Karl Digerness)

Must Jesus bear the cross alone,
And all the world go free?
No, there’s a cross for ev’ryone,
And there’s a cross for me.
The consecrated cross I’ll bear
Till death shall set me free;
And then go home my crown to wear,
For there’s a crown for me.

Words: Thomas Shepherd, 1693
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)

Sixth Station – Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
(Music by Jason Pipkin)

Away, my unbelieving fear;
Fear shall in me no more have place;
My Savior doth not yet appear;
He hides the brightness of His face;

But shall I therefore let Him go,
And basely to the tempter yield?
No, in the strength of Jesus, no!
I never will give up my shield.

Words: Charles Wesley, 1742
Meter: Long Meter Double (8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8)

Seventh Station – Jesus falls again
music by Clint Wells – mp3 ¦ chord chart

Thou Man of grief, remember me,
Thou never canst Thyself forget.
Thy last expiring agony,
Thy fainting pangs and bloody sweat.
Father, if I may call Thee so,
Regard my fearful heart’s desire;
Remove this load of guilty woe,
Nor let me in my sins expire!
I tremble, lest the wrath divine,
Which bruises now my wretched soul,
Should bruise this wretched soul of mine,
Long as eternal ages roll.

Words: Charles Wesley, 1762
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)

Eight Station – Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
(music by Melanie Penn)

He dies, the friend of sinners dies,
Lo! Salem’s daughters weep around;
A solemn darkness veils the skies,
In trembling shakes the ground.

Ye saints approach! the anguish view
Of Him who groans beneath your load,
He gives His precious life for you,
For you He sheds His precious blood.

Here’s love and grief beyond degree:
The Lord of glory dies for men;
But lo! what sudden joys we see!
Jesus, the dead, revives again.

The rising God forsakes the tomb;
Up to His Father’s court He flies,
Cherubic legions guard Him home,
And shout Him welcome to the skies.

Words: Isaac Watts, 1709
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)

Ninth Station – Jesus falls a third time
music by Clint Wells – mp3 ¦ chord chart

Jerusalem! my happy home!
Oh, how I long for thee!
When will my sorrows have an end?
Thy joys when shall I see?

Home, sweet home, my long-sought home,
My home in heav’n above.
Thy walls are all of precious stones,
Most glorious to behold!
Thy gates are richly set with pearl,
Thy streets are paved with gold.

My friends, I bid you all adieu;
I leave you in God’s care;
And if I here no more see you,
Go on; I’ll meet you there.

Words: “F. B. P.”, 1583
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)

Tenth Station – Christ is stripped of His garments
(Vers#1 by Jered McKenna // Vers#2 by Benj Pocta)

The day is past and gone,
The evening shades appear;
Oh may we all remember well,
The night of death is near.
We lay our garments by,
Upon our beds to rest:
So death will soon disrobe us all,
Of what we here possess.

Words: John Leland, 1792
Meter: Short Meter (6,6,8,6)

Eleventh Station – Jesus is nailed to the cross
(music by Eric Marshall)

Behold the Savior of mankind
Nailed to the shameful tree!
How vast the love that Him inclined,
To bleed and die for thee.
Hark, how He groans! while nature shakes,
And earth’s strong pillars bend!
The temple’s veil in sunder breaks,
The solid marbles rend.
’Tis done! the precious ransom’s paid!
Receive my soul, He cries:
See where He bows His sacred head!
He bows His head and dies.
But soon He’ll break death’s anxious chain,
And in full glory shine!
Oh Lamb of God, was ever pain,
Was ever love like Thine?

Words: Samuel Wesley, Sr., 1700
Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)

Twelfth Station – Jesus dies
(Music by Brian T Murphy and  Ashley Spurling)

Alas and did my Savior bleed?
And did my Sov’reign die!
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?
Oh, come, sinner, you will hear
The Savior say, “Weep not for me,”
See the Savior on the cross!
Oh, sinner, hear Him cry,
“Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabacthani.”
Thus might I hide my blushing face,
While His dear cross appears;
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt mine eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe;
Here, Lord, I give myself away,
’Tis all that I can do.

Words: Isaac Watts, 1707

Thirteenth – Jesus’s body is taken down from the cross
(Vers#1 by Michael Van Patter // Vers#2 by Jered Mckenna)

’Tis finished, The Redeemer said,
And meekly bowed His dying head.
While we the sentence scan,
Come sinners, and observe the word,
Behold the conquest of the Lord,
Complete for sinful man.

Words: Samuel Stennett, 1787
Meter: Common Particular Meter (8,8,6,8,8,6)

Fourteenth – Jesus body is laid in the tomb
(music by Matt Boswell)

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was singing down
Beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb
Who is the great “I Am”;
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free
I’ll sing and joyful be;
And thro’ eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And thro’ eternity, I’ll sing on.

Words: Anonymous

Easter Morning (Station 14)

I Will Bring My Children Home
(Music and words written by Jason Harrod)

I wish I was a mole down
Digging in the dirt
I will bring this mountain to its knees.
If i was john henry fighting that machine
I’d swing my hammer round and make it ring.
But they got me locked up,
Took me from the scene;
I got no breath to speak no breath to sing.
One day I’m gonna rise up,
Break through walls of stone;
Soon as i get breath back in my bones.
I would root this mountain down;
Let the light come streaming in;
When i bring my hammer down
I will bring my children in.
I heard a voice say wake up
A loving voice i know
Said pick up your bed and walk right out of here

12 thoughts on “Songs for Lent – New York Hymns

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  1. Great Stuff! Thanks for collecting this. Do you know if there are lead sheets/chord charts for this stuff anywhere?


      1. Hi!

        I would love the chords to #5 “Simon of Cyrene is made to bear the cross” if it’s available somewhere, and/or not too difficult to forward to me. Thank you!! I LOOOOOOVE this one!

  2. Cardiphonia: I am so excited about the work you’re doing and the bridges you’re building. I’m loving the new face of “New York Hymns” and I’m looking forward to listening to this album and future albums!

  3. Hey Bruce,
    I’ve listened to the album a couple of times now and am loving it. Shared it with quite a few friends as well. Thanks, it’s a real blessing.

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