April 7, 2013

Man of Sorrows, Wrapt in Grief

Bow Thine Ear to Our Relief
Man of Sorrows, Wrapt in Grief was written by author, Matthew Bridges (1800-1894). He was one of several Anglicans in the 19th century that were greatly influenced by John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement. In 1848, Bridges joined the Roman Catholic Church. The tune recommended in the Divine Office (1974) for Man of Sorrows, Wrapt in Grief is Afron, but myself and others have not found any information about it. As an alternative (see video below), the tune: Aberystwyth is commonly used with this text in other hymnals. In the Divine Office it is used during Lent and Holy Week.

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