206. This Is the Night

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First Line: This is the night, dear friends, the night for weeping
Title: This Is the Night
Author: Peter Abélard (12th cent.)
Translator: Richard Lyman Sturch (1990)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 26:14-27:66; Mark 14:10-15:47; Luke 22:1-23:56; John 13:1-14:31; John 18:1-19:41
Topic: Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday; Christian Year: Good Friday (1 more...)
Language: English
Copyright: © 1990 Stainer & Bell, Ltd. (admin. Hope Publishing Company)
Tune Information
Composer: Margaret R. Tucker (1991)
Key: f minor
Copyright: © 1998 Hope Publishing Company

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This text conveys well the paradox of despair and expectancy felt on Maundy Thursday. The somber repetition of “this night” here contrasts with and prepares for the joyful “this is the night” repeated in the Exsultet, the ancient Easter hymn at the lighting of the paschal candle.

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