The old rugged cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
  The emblem of suff’ring and shame,
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
  For a world of lost sinners was slain.
  So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
  And exchange it some day for a crown.
Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
  Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above,
  To bear it to dark Calvary.
In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
  A wondrous beauty I see;
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
  To pardon and sanctify me.
Chioma Omeke

Abuja, Abuja Archdiocese, Nigeria

Each time I sing this song more especially during the Lenten period it makes me cry. I feel those pains Jesus went through just because of me and you. May the passion he went through sanctfy us. That's my best song in Catholic hymn book that made me go as far as buying the hymn book.

Raoul Kossi

Lome, Golf, Togo

l'hymne restore mon ame...

Daniel Sule

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

This is a beautiful song that always brings me to repentance and tears of salvation flowing down my eyes. Awesome it is.

Ogbeba Syer Digbani

Bille Town In Bille Kingdom, Rivers State, Nigeria

This is one of my favourite songs in hymnals.

I could remember when I sang this song repeatedly till that night when I slept an Angel of God visited me in my dream and told me that that is His favourite songs and asked why was I singing it?

I told him my just loved the song and I felt like singing it.

Since then my life have not remained the same.

Helen Odusanya

Lagos, Nigeria

This beautiful song reminds us of the sacrifice Jesus did for us by giving His life so that we can have eternal life with Him. It awakens a need for repentance, service, re dedication and gratitude to my Saviour in me any time I listen to it.

Leigh Powell

United Kingdom

This is a sentimental hymn, but the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ was far from sentimental. On the cross of Calvary, Jesus bore the sins of the world in agony, both from his bodily pain and wounds, and also from the spiritual pain of bearing the world's sins AND enduring separation from His Heavenly Father (My God , my God why hast thou forsaken me? - the sins parted God the Father from His Son, Jesus, as God is Holy and sin is abhorrent to Him).

To go to Heaven a person must be born again of God through repentance and God-given faith in the gospel.


Accra, Ghana

Indeed, on that cross I received mercies.

Tim Ou

Austin, Texas, United States

On that cross Jesus died to sanctify and pardon me.

Prince Emmanuel

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Thanks so much for this song. It remind me of the death of Christ for me and the whole world.

Adaoma Jesus

Owerri, Imo, Nigeria

This hymn make makes me grow in spirit.