196. See, Christ Was Wounded for Our Sake

Text Information
First Line: See, Christ was wounded for our sake
Title: See, Christ Was Wounded for Our Sake
Versifier: Brian Foley (1971)
Publication Date: 1987
Meter: LM
Scripture: Isaiah 53:2-9; Isaiah 53:9
Topic: Suffering of Christ; Atonement; Lamb of God
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1971, Faber Music, Ltd. Reprinted by permisson from New Catholic Hymnal
Tune Information
Composer: Joyce Recker (1983)
Meter: LM
Key: e minor
Copyright: Tune © 1987, CRC Publications

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Isa. 53:4-5
st. 2 = Isa. 53:2-3
st. 3 = Isa. 53:6-7
st. 4 = Isa. 53:8-9
st. 5 = Isa. 53:5-6

Brian Foley (b. Waterloo, near Liverpool, England, 1919) wrote this paraphrase of Isaiah 53:2-9, which is part of the "suffering servant" passage (Isaiah 52: 13-53: 12), the longest of the four "servant songs" in Isaiah (the others are in chapters 42, 49, and 50). The "suffering servant song" is the central text in Isaiah 40¬-66, and this part is quoted more frequently in the New Testament than any other non-psalm text from the Old Testament. Foley clearly followed New Testament use of this passage, referring directly to Christ as the "suffering servant." The song text is one of fourteen Foley versifications published in the 1971 British New Catholic Hymnal, a volume he helped to compile.

Foley received his theological education at the Upholland Roman Catholic College and Seminary and was ordained in 1945. After serving churches in the Liverpool diocese, he became the parish priest of Clayton Green, Chorley, Lancashire, in 1971, where he remained for many years. Although he regretted the loss of plainsong and the traditional Roman Catholic style of worship (a result of the changes approved by the Second Vatican Council), Foley began writing hymns in the 1950s.

Liturgical Use:
Lent, especially during Holy Week; also with sermons on Christ's redemption.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

Joyce Recker (b. Hammond, IN, 1951) composed KABODE in 1983 for Fred Pratt Green's "O Christ, the Healer" while she was a music student at The King's College, Edmonton, Alberta. She coined the title to represent the Edmonton co-op house she and her husband lived in at the time; the letter k, present in all the occupants' names, combined with the word abode to make kabode. Later they realized that in Hebrew kabode means "the glory of God." Recker received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is currently a piano teacher and freelance artist living in Grand Rapids.

KABODE was first published in the 1987 Psalter Hymnal A long-meter tune in minor tonality (an uncommon combination), it features consistent rhythms in its four lines. Sing in unison or harmony to a solemn tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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