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Ideal for Holy Week, this setting of Ah, Holy Jesus features a poignant melody that enhances this deeply personal Passion hymn text.

The organ accompaniment, written in a Neo-Baroque style, lends the needed gravitas. The vocal parts (SATB) require minimal rehearsal.

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Voicing: SATB
Accompaniment: Organ
Duration: 3 min 30 secs
Difficulty: Medium-Easy

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Text: Johann Heermann; tr. Robert Bridges

Ah, holy Jesus, how have you offended,
that mortal judgement has on you descended?
By foes derided, by your own rejected,
O most afflicted!

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon you?
It is my treason, Lord, that has undone you.
‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied you;
I crucified you.

For me, dear Jesus, was your incarnation,
your mortal sorrow, and your life’s oblation;
your death of anguish and your bitter passion,
for my salvation.

Therefore, dear Jesus since I cannot pay you,
I do adore you and will ever pray you,
Think on your pity and your love unswerving,
not my deserving.


User Submitted Reviews


A lovely, contemplative setting of this beautiful text. A new melody and an effective accompaniment. Well scored for a church choir to learn without extended rehearsal time and without solo voices, although solos could be used in the early unison sections.

Posted by Robert Benson on February 26th, 2016 at 9:02 pm

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