The Wonderful Cross: Our Reading List

Each item in The marvelous cross reflects on a piece of music as a way to deepen the meaning of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection. These songs of the Cross give shape and voice to the resounding response of our souls. They express the Good News that reverberates even in the darkest times of Jesus’ passion—and in the darkest times of our own lives.

You can listen to each song mentioned in the special issue on our Spotify playlist:

Alternatively, you can listen to the songs via the youtube videos:

“O Sacred Head Now Wounded” is featured in the introduction by Kelli B. Trujillo.

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” is featured in “The Cross Is the Great Revealer” by Jay Y. Kim. Here is a choir version as well as a version by Sandra McCracken:

“And Should I Win” is featured in J. Todd Billings’ “‘Tis Mystery All.”

“Ah, Holy Jesus, How Have You Offended” is featured in Fernando Ortega’s “Love Unswerving.”

“There’s a Fountain Full of Blood” is featured in Rachel Gilson’s “Our Bloody Plunging.” Here is Willie Nelson’s recording and an instrumental rendition of the song:

“Were You There” is featured in “Weighing Our Answers” ​​by Patricia Raybon.

Lux Aeterna
is featured in “In Grief, Our Consolation” by Makoto Fujimura.

“Christ the Lord is risen today” is featured in “Love’s Redeeming Work Is Done” by Jen Wilkin. Here is a choral version as well as an acoustic rendition of the song:

“Ain’t No Grave” is featured in Carolyn Arends’ “The Resurrection to Come”. Below are four versions of the song referred to in the article, by Brother Claude Ely, Bozie Sturdivant, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Johnny Cash.