We Grieve the Many Thousands
PASSION CHORALE D ("O Sacred Head, Now Wounded")

We grieve the many thousands — yet we can't understand;
we cannot grasp how many have died throughout this land.
We cannot see their faces or hear the stories told
of all the ways they blessed us — the young ones and the old.

O God, we grieve the struggle of those who died alone —
so far from friends and neighbors, from all they'd ever known.
We grieve for precious people who could not say good-bye;
we weep for those, now mourning, who sit alone and cry.

O God, we grieve for millions who now are unemployed
who cannot feed their families — whose hope has been destroyed.
We grieve that needed workers must worry for their health
while some with lives of privilege stay home and build their wealth.

O God of love and mercy, we cry to you, "How long?"
In troubled times remind us: Your love is ever strong.
Now as we grieve the suffering, Lord, show us how to be
A healing, loving presence in each community.

Tune: Hans Leo Hassler, 1601; harmony by Johann Sebastian Bach, 1729 ("O Sacred Head, Now Wounded")  (MIDI)
Text: Copyright © 2020 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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We grieve that the number of those who have died in the pandemic keeps increasing so rapidly. You are welcome to change the hymn as needed, in a way that fits the meter of the hymn:
— We Grieve the Many Thousands
— One hundred sixty thousand!
— One hundred eighty thousand!
— We grieve 200,000 (as, sadly, the numbers seem to be going in this direction)
You are welcome to make this change without asking my permission to do so, as the need arises.
We all need to be as responsible as we can — wearing masks, social distancing, staying home when we can, and working for a more just and healthy world — to slow the spread of this disease. May God bless you and those you love in this challenging time.
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette