Hallelujah! What a Savior! | Lent Hymn of the Week

Ash Wednesday is this week, and so we delve into Lent and a series of Lenten hymns. We begin here because, even though we will walk through the darkness of this season, we do it with hope, knowing our Savior walked it first. Hallelujah, what a Savior!


Verse 1
Man of sorrows what a name
for the Son of God, who came
ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Verse 2
Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned he stood,
sealed my pardon with his blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Verse 3
Guilty, helpless, lost were we;
blameless Lamb of God was he,
sacrificed to set us free:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Verse 4
He was lifted up to die;
“It is finished” was his cry;
now in heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Verse 5
When he comes, our glorious King,
all his ransomed home to bring,
then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Scripture Reference: Isaiah 53:3-6, John 19
Text: Philip P. Bliss (1875)
Music: MAN OF SORROWS, Philip P. Bliss (1875)
Copyright: Public Domain

The quote "Hallelujah! What a Savior!" is over an illustration of a man's face with an ashen cross on his forehead.

This hymn is featured in our Hymn of the week playlist!


Word & Wonder Video

We recorded this last year during Lent, and it has a kid-friendly introduction explaining Lent and this hymn in particular.

Joni Eareckson Tada Video

This moving version was recorded at the 2017 Getty Sing! Conference.

Hymnology Songs of Praise Video

This version has a short introduction with information about the hymn writer, Philip P. Bliss.

additional resources


Hymnary has lots of helpful information on hymns, including scans of hymnal pages, and text comparisons.

Hymnology Archive

The Hymnology Archive has in-depth research on hymn texts, tunes, and authors.


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