Hymn of St Josephine Bakhita

This hymn about St Josephine Bakhita was written by  American church musician (Roman Catholic and Byzantine), author, composer and editor J. Michael Thompson.

It was published in 2010 by World Library Publications, but appears to no longer be in-print.

With meter 8.7.8.7 D, it was set to the tune  BEACH SPRING - attributed to B. F. White (1844)


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    Lyrics

    The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
    1. Jesus left his throne in heaven,
    Humbly coming as a slave,
    Here his love and his obedience
    Were the ransom that still saves:
    Strong the song the Church now raises
    For this humble virgin’s day,
    Praising God that, through all struggles,
    She was led to Christ, the Way.

    2. As a child torn from her fam’ly,
    Made a slave, great suff’ring bore,
    And by those who took her childhood,
    Named “Bakhita” evermore.
    Brought to Italy and rescued
    By Cannosian sisters there,
    She found Christ and then was baptized,
    Lived in service and in prayer.

    3. As the virgins in the Gospel,
    Josephine was filled with light,
    Daily serving at her convent,
    Greeting all with heaven’s sight;
    Loving all with Jesus’ mercy,
    Treating each as she would him—
    Persevered through pain and sorrow,
    Making life her off’ring-hymn.

    4. Glory to the loving Father
    Who has made us for his own;
    Glory to the Son, who saves us
    And who lifts us to his throne;
    Glory to the Holy Spirit,
    Never-ending font of love!
    With our saint, the “one most blessèd,”
    We raise songs to God above!


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    1. Jesus left his throne in heaven,
    Humbly coming as a slave,
    Here his love and his obedience
    Were the ransom that still saves:
    Strong the song the Church now raises
    For this humble virgin’s day,
    Praising God that, through all struggles,
    She was led to Christ, the Way.

    2. As a child torn from her fam’ly,
    Made a slave, great suff’ring bore,
    And by those who took her childhood,
    Named “Bakhita” evermore.
    Brought to Italy and rescued
    By Cannosian sisters there,
    She found Christ and then was baptized,
    Lived in service and in prayer.

    3. As the virgins in the Gospel,
    Josephine was filled with light,
    Daily serving at her convent,
    Greeting all with heaven’s sight;
    Loving all with Jesus’ mercy,
    Treating each as she would him—
    Persevered through pain and sorrow,
    Making life her off’ring-hymn.

    4. Glory to the loving Father
    Who has made us for his own;
    Glory to the Son, who saves us
    And who lifts us to his throne;
    Glory to the Holy Spirit,
    Never-ending font of love!
    With our saint, the “one most blessèd,”
    We raise songs to God above!

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