|James Tissot's "Consummatum Est!" Image courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum, NYC|
It is finished! Christ hath known
All the life of men wayfaring;
Human joys and sorrows sharing.
Making human needs his own
Lord in us thy life renewing,
Lead us where thy feet have trod,
Till, the way of truth pursuing,
Human souls find rest in God.
It is finished! Christ is slain,
On the altar of creation,
Offering for a world's salvation
Sacrifice of love and pain,
Lord thy love through pain revealing,
Purge our passions, scourge our vice,
Till, upon the tree of healing,
Self is slain in sacrifice!
-Reverend Gabriel Gillett
The Rev Gabriel Gillett (1799-1871) is one of the largely forgotten vicars of the Church of England in the 19th century. Rev Gillett after receiving an MA from Oriel College, Oxford, became rector of Waltham on the Woods, was in charge of a dilapidated church, which he renovated at his expense. Today the rectory he built is a nursing home. Many people remember him for the hymn "It is finished!" which is still sung in Anglican/Episcopal churches on Good Friday. The hymn is number 380 in the Church of England Hymnal