Hymns:In the cross of Christ I glory
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|In the cross of Christ I glory|
|Title||In the Cross of Christ I glory|
|Author||J. Bowring, 1792-1872|
|Composer||I. Conkey, 1815-67|
|Orig. Key||B flat Major|
|1st Line||In the Cross of Christ I glory|
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In the Cross of Christ I glory
John Bowring's text was inspired by Galatians 6: 14: "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." Originally in five stanzas (st. 5 was a repeat of st. 1), it was initially entitled "The Cross of Christ" but later came to be known as "Glorying in the Cross." (The often-told story that Bowring wrote this hymn text after seeing a cross on top of a ruined cathedral on the island of Macao near Hong Kong is not true; Bowring went to Hong Kong twenty-four years after writing the text.)
The first stanza affirms that the cross of Christ stands at the center of history; it is the key to the meaning of the history of events or civilizations that are the "wrecks of time." Stanzas 2 and 3 confess the comfort, peace, and joy that Christ's cross brings to our troubled personal lives. Stanza 4 concludes that "bane and blessing, pain and pleasure" become a profound experience of unending peace and joy when "sanctified by the cross."
John Bowring (b. Exeter, England, 1792; d. Exeter, 1872) was a businessman who spent much of his life in public service. From 1828 to 1835 he worked for the British government as a political economist in the Netherlands, France, and Belgium. A member of Parliament, he worked for the British government in China in 1849 and completed his government career as governor of Hong Kong. Bowring's literary output was phenomenal: he published thirty-six volumes on topics ranging from economics to biography, science, religion, and poetry. In practice a devout Christian, he belonged to the Unitarian Church, Bowring studied two hundred languages and claimed to speak one hundred. Included in his writings are two collections of hymns, Matins and Vespers with Occasional Devotional Pieces (1823) and Hymns as a Sequel to Matins (1825), which included "In the Cross of Christ I Glory."
Lent and Holy Week; other services that focus on the meaning of Christ's cross for us.
In the Cross of Christ I [we] glory. Sir J. Bowring. [Glorying in the Cross.] Published in his Hymns, 1825, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and based upon Gal. vi. 14. It has passed into numerous collections in Great Britain and America, and is one of the most widely known of the author's hymns. It is sometimes given as "In the Cross of Christ we glory."
- In the Cross of Christ I glory,
Tow'ring o'er the wrecks of time.
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.
- When the woes of life o'ertake me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,
Never shall the Cross forsake me;
Lo, it glows with peace and joy.
- When the sun of bliss is beaming
Light and love upon my way,
From the Cross the radiance streaming
Adds more luster to the day.
- Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
By the Cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.
- Hymnals:Baptist Hymnal 1991 #554
- Hymnals:Baptist Hymnal 2008 #247
- Hymnals:Celebration Hymnal #328
- Hymnals:Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #441
- Hymnals:Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #442
- Hymnals:Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #523
- Hymnals:Evangelical Lutheran Worship #324
- Hymnals:Hymns of Faith #162
- Hymnals:Lutheran Service Book #427
- Hymnals:Presbyterian Hymnal #84
- Hymnals:Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #474
- Hymnals:Revival Hymns and Choruses #181
- Hymnals:Rejoice in the Lord #297
- Hymnals:Rejoice in the Lord #298
- Hymnals:Sing Joyfully #256
- Hymnals:The Worshiping Church #209
- Hymnals:The United Methodist Hymnal #295
- Hymnals:Worship & Rejoice #264
- ↑ Emily, Brink (April 1, 1998). Psalter Hymnal Handbook. Grand Rapids, MI: CRC Publications.
- ↑ Julian, John (1907). Dictionary of Hymnology . Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.
- ↑ Hymnary.org (2009). "Text: In the Cross of Christ I glory".
- ↑ Hymnary.org (2009). "Instances: In the Cross of Christ I Glory".