Christ the Prisoner Christ the Victim

Looking from the outside in to a prison cell - Christ the prisoner, Christ the victim, Christ the judge and Christ the king. Be with all whom we imprison In their pain and suffering. Let them feel your strength inside them Comfort that shall never cease, And to all who serve and guide them Give your healing, give your peace. 2 Jesus Lord, the thief beside you Found that in his dying hour Casting off his sin and pride, you Showed him your forgiving power. Words of love and hope were spoken Words that set the prisoner free. With the humble and the broken, Lord, we pray, remember me. 3 Poor or prisoner, lonely, ailing, Naked, needy, hungry, ill Those who visit them and serve them Know they do your heavenly will. Yet more powerful is your teaching We rejoice to find it’s true When with love the lost we’re reaching Lord, in them we visit you. 4 Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Living, loving Trinity, In the power of Jesus’ name, we Pray you set your people free. Free from sin and all that binds us, Free to lift your name in praise, Free from all that gags and blinds us, Free to serve you all our days.
This hymn of about imprisonment, which petitions for freedom, was written by English Anglican priest and prison chaplain Keith Pound (b 1933) - to be used on Prison Sunday.

With meter 8.7.8.7 D, tunes it has been set to include:
  • RUSTINGTON by C. Hubert H. Parry (1897) - used with the text in in New English Praise, 2006
  • HYFRYODOL - a Welch tune by Rowland H. Prichard (1830)



Examples

Instrumental - organ. Tune: RUSTINGTON


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
Christ the prisoner, Christ the victim,
Christ the judge and Christ the king.
Be with all whom we imprison
In their pain and suffering.
Let them feel your strength inside them
Comfort that shall never cease,
And to all who serve and guide them
Give your healing, give your peace.

Jesus Lord, the thief beside you
Found that in his dying hour
Casting off his sin and pride, you
Showed him your forgiving power.
Words of love and hope were spoken
Words that set the prisoner free.
With the humble and the broken,
Lord, we pray, remember me.

Poor or prisoner, lonely, ailing,
Naked, needy, hungry, ill
Those who visit them and serve them
Know they do your heavenly will.
Yet more powerful is your teaching
We rejoice to find it’s true
When with love the lost we’re reaching
Lord, in them we visit you.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Living, loving Trinity,
In the power of Jesus’ name, we
Pray you set your people free.
Free from sin and all that binds us,
Free to lift your name in praise,
Free from all that gags and blinds us,
Free to serve you all our days.

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