‘He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
O sacred head, sore wounded • Performed by The Gesualdo Six, directed by Owain Park Tune: Herzlich tut mich verlangen • Melody by Hans Leo Hassler, harmonised by J.S. Bach • Words by Paul Gerhardt, translated by Robert Seymour Bridges • NEH 90 LENT SESSIONS: