A Hymn on Holy Absolution

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I wrote this hymn with two men in mind. First, my father, Pr. Rolf Preus, who was my pastor who absolved me in the divine service throughout my youth and taught me what the absolution is; second, my first father confessor, Pr. David Kind.

Thank God for His faithful ministers.

The tune is Ich Sterbe Täglich (I Come, O Savior to Thy Table) until someone writes something better.

  1. Come, you who feel sin’s heavy burden,
    For Christ’s ambassador is here.
    Receive from him your Savior’s pardon,
    That covers shame and ends all fear.
    Lord, may Your absolution free
    Give to my conscience liberty.
  2. I come, I know I am a sinner,
    I have not kept God’s just commands;
    I come, of death and hell a winner,
    To see again Christ’s piercéd hands.
    Lord, may Your absolution free
    Give to my conscience liberty.
  3. The Lord, who by his incarnation
    Now clothes himself in flesh and blood,
    Has by his death for my salvation
    Fulfilled for me the Law of God.
    Lord, may Your absolution free
    Give to my conscience liberty.
  4. I come, because the Gospel calls me,
    My Shepherd seeks me with his voice;
    If my condition still appalls me,
    My Lord still bids my heart rejoice.
    Lord, may Your absolution free
    Give to my conscience liberty.
  5. The Lord, who by his resurrection
    Declares the world all justified,
    Gives by His Gospel strong protection
    From every sin I fell inside.
    Lord, may Your absolution free
    Give to my conscience liberty.
  6. My heart, don’t doubt the words here spoken!
    This man is Christ’s own instrument;
    Nor can the Scripture’s words be broken,
    Christ sends them just as He was sent.
    Lord, may Your absolution free
    Give to my conscience liberty.
  7. I will not doubt, I am forgiven
    By Christ’s own absolution here,
    And now before my God in heaven
    I stand by faith righteous and pure.
    Lord, may Your absolution free
    Give to my conscience liberty.
  8. Take not from me Your Holy Spirit!
    May I Your constant comfort see,
    That I may here adorn Your merit
    With good works that You work in me.
    Lord, may Your absolution free
    Give to my conscience liberty.

 

Hymn copyright (c) 2012 Pastor Mark Preus. It may be reproduced for devotional and worship purposes. Please include “hymn by Pastor Mark Preus” when reproducing it.

Pastor Mark Preus

About Pastor Mark Preus

Mark Preus is pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Laramie, WY. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne with an M.Div. in 2008 and then obtained an M.A. in Classics at the University of KS in 2010. He was ordained at Faith Lutheran Church, Wylie, TX in August of 2010. He has been married to Becky since 2005. God has graciously given them two daughters and five sons. Pr. Preus loves to read and write poetry, especially Lutheran hymns, and talk theology with anybody who has an ear to listen. He also likes coffee too much and tobacco too much, as well as microbrew beer. He can also prove with reasonable certainty that Paul Gerhardt wrote most of his hymns while smoking and drinking beer.

You can find more of Pr. Preus's writings at his blog.

Comments

A Hymn on Holy Absolution — 7 Comments

  1. The tune is Ich Sterbe Täglich (I Come, O Savior to Thy Table) until someone writes something better.

    Are you not particularly fond of that tune, or would you just kind of prefer something original?

  2. I love that tune! I just think it belongs to the communion hymn, and I feel kind of embarrassed about setting my hymn to it.

  3. @Pastor Joshua Scheer #4
    This post is about a wonderful hymn written about something that is dear to every Christian, Holy Absolution.

    “Every Christian”?
    Over on LQ right now they are having apoplexy about calling it “holy” and would rather call it confession than absolution.

    [Emphasizing ‘confession’ sounds more Roman than Lutheran, but if I said that, there would be a new round of fits! (I am already “not Lutheran” for considering the service of the sacrament equal to the service of the Word. “We need the Word; we don’t need the Sacrament” to summarize the lectures.) ] ;(

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