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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded


If you arrive at Holy Week wishing you had spent more time preparing for and meditating on the saving work of Christ, you’ll benefit significantly from the devotional book O Sacred Head, Now Wounded: A Liturgy for Daily Worship from Pascha to Pentecost. This rich collection of daily readings will greatly enhance your quiet time in prayer and help you fully experience the most significant event in human history.

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded compiles the writings of great theologians from throughout the centuries like Jonathan Edwards, J. C. Ryle, Isaac Watts, Thomas Watson, and Augustine. Historical scholars like Stephen Charnock, John Flavel, and Charles Spurgeon will help you establish a posture of remembrance and gratitude as they reflect on what Christ accomplished through His temptations, trial, death, resurrection, and ascension and the events of Pentecost. The book also includes prayers, meditations, and hymn lyrics from the Puritans and other fathers of our faith and from the Book of Common Prayer. These hymn lyrics, creeds, and prayers have encouraged and convicted Christians for hundreds of years and will guide you to reflect on the majesty of Christ’s work.

This newly published volume is the third in a series by the author of Be Thou My Vision: A Liturgy for Daily Worship and O Come, O Come Emmanuel: A Liturgy for Daily Worship from Advent to Epiphany. It includes forty-eight days of mystery-evoking devotional content to carry you from mid-Holy Week to Pascha (the historical name for Easter Sunday) to Pentecost using an easy-to-follow liturgical format. Similarly to what you might experience in a traditional church service, this book incorporates Scripture alongside important doctrine using creeds and catechisms from church history.

Author Jonathan Gibson writes, “My prayer is that the content, structure, and rhythms of this daily liturgy may help us to be more like the women who stood near the cross on that dreadful Friday afternoon, pondering in silence; and who left the empty tomb on that hopeful Sunday morning, proclaiming and praising with exuberance.”

This unique devotional offers a profoundly moving time of reflection on the saving work of the Lord Jesus that can be used for personal meditation or reading aloud together as a family. Each liturgy is designed to take about twenty minutes, allowing for flexibility when time is limited. It comes in a beautiful cloth, gold-embossed hardcover with three silk ribbons to hold your place and stores in a keepsake box, making it perfect for gift giving.

If you own the other liturgy books in the series, you won’t want to miss adding this third book to your collection. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded will help you contemplate the risen Christ and put words to your gratitude for His amazing act of love and grace. Request your copy with a donation today.



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