When Mary poured a rich perfume on Jesus’ weary feet,
Her caring filled that humble room; the fragrance there was sweet.
But full of anger, Judas said, “We could have used this more!
Why was her gift not sold instead, and given to the poor?”
The Lord replied, “Leave her alone! She bought it for this day.
This caring love that she has shown is faithful to God’s way.
The poor will always be with you, but you will not have me.”
He blessed her and he thanked her, too, for giving lavishly.
O Christ, what can your people bring to show you thanks and love?
You need no fragrant offering; for now you reign above.
Since there will never cease to be the poor throughout the land,
May we, your church, serve faithfully by offering them our hand.
Published in a chapel hymnal for the Duke of Würtemberg (Gesangbuch der Herzogl, 1784), ELLACOMBE (the name of a village in Devonshire, England) was first set to the words "Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern." During the first half of the nineteenth century various German hymnals altered the…
FOREST GREEN is an English folk tune associated with the ballad "The Ploughboy's Dream." Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) turned FOREST GREEN into a hymn tune for The English Hymnal (1906), using it as a setting for "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
Shaped in rounded bar form (AABA), FOREST GREEN has th…
Display Title: When Mary Poured a Rich PerfumeFirst Line: When Mary poured a rich perfume ;on Jesus' weary feetTune Title: ELLACOMBEAuthor: Carolyn Winfrey GilletteMeter: 188.8.131.52 DScripture: Deuteronomy 15:11; John 12:1-8; Mark 14:3-9; Matthew 26:6-13Date: 2009Subject: Jesus Christ | Ministry; Justice |
Display Title: When Mary Poured a Rich PerfumeFirst Line: When Mary poured a rich perfume ;on Jesus' weary feetTune Title: FOREST GREENAuthor: Carolyn Winfrey GilletteMeter: CMDScripture: Deuteronomy 15:11; John 12:1-8; Mark 14:3-9; Matthew 26:6-13Date: 2009Subject: Jesus Christ | ; Justice |