The Old Rugged Cross – 3rd April
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.
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.
Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.
In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.
To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.
Alan Jackson, Country Gospel singer
Dr Who, Series 3 Episode 3 ‘Gridlock’
George Bennard (1873-1958) wrote the words for his best-known hymn
‘The Old Rugged Cross’ in 1913. He served with the Salvation Army in Iowa for several years before he was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church