A Hymn on Holy Absolution

December 15th, 2012 Post by

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.






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  1. Rose
    December 15th, 2012 at 18:32 | #1

    Well-written poetry!
    This will be a wonderful hymn to sing.

  2. Mrs. Hume
    December 15th, 2012 at 19:19 | #2

    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?

  3. Pastor Mark Preus
    December 15th, 2012 at 21:29 | #3

    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.

  4. December 17th, 2012 at 12:29 | #4

    Please note I removed a number of off-topic comments. This post is about a wonderful hymn written about something that is dear to every Christian, Holy Absolution.

  5. December 17th, 2012 at 12:30 | #5

    Pr. Scheer, please remove my replies to those off-topic comments. Thanks.

  6. helen
    December 17th, 2012 at 12:46 | #6

    @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.) ] ;(

  7. December 17th, 2012 at 13:03 | #7

    @helen #6
    There are many names for it (just as the Lord’s Supper). Too bad there are folks who don’t understand it and the means of grace (Word and Sacraments).

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