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A Song For A Sunday.

The Old Rugged Cross.

Easter is the principal festival of the Christian church. The festival celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day following his Crucifixion and death on a cross.
Possibly the word ‘Easter’ itself, which Christians will celebrate next week, is derived from the name ‘Eostre’, or ‘Eostrae’, latter the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring and Fertility.

Used In Previous Media Coverage:

This popular hymn, featured hereunder, has been used in (A) On A Pale Horse, played as the last request of a dying man; (B) in Series 3, Episode 3 (Gridlock) of Doctor Who, broadcast to citizens of New New York as they traverse the motorway; (C) in Series 4, Episode 5 of Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, sung by Hetty (played by Patricia Routledge) and a local male voice choir; (D) in the 2019 film Just Mercy, plays in the background as Herbert Richardson is executed, and also (E) in the 2021 Showtime miniseries Dexter: New Blood episode “The Family Business”.

Lyrics: The Methodist hymn was written in 1912 by American evangelist and song-leader George Bennard (1873–1958).
Vocals: American singer-songwriter Alan Jackson (Alan Eugene Jackson)

The Old Rugged Cross.

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame,
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best,
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, (rugged cross),
Till my trophies at last I lay down.
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
To that old rugged cross I will ever be true,
It’s shame and reproach gladly bear,
Then he’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where his glory forever I’ll share.
And I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, (rugged cross).
Till my trophies at last I lay down,
And I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.


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