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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JS9P8d2iOc

Dr Who, Series 3 Episode 3 ‘Gridlock’

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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

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