Inspired By A Prayer

“I attended a UA songwriter’s retreat at All Saints Dallas where I got a packet with Scriptures, collects and other ancient prayers to look over. “The Prayer of St. Yared” caught my eye because of lines like “The cross is the holy rage against injustice” and “the cross is the cure to violence and vengeance.” I was struck by the seeming paradox: Jesus’ crucifixion was both unjust and violent. But seeing the cross as a synecdoche for all that Jesus accomplished was profound. I found this 6th century Ethiopian liturgy inspiring. Most of the lyrics for “The Cross Is,” came straight from St. Yared’s prayer.

The chorus mentions “reconciliation” which is both vertical reconciliation between God and people as well as a horizontal reconciliation between human beings—The racial reconciliation conversation is a part of this. Racial discrimination is just one example of the injustice that God rages against. The final line of the chorus “Lead us to the cross” is a prayer for God to help us understand what the cross means—and live out the results.” – Mikel

Song Details

The Cross Is
By Mikel Del Rosario
Written at a UA Retreat in Dallas, Texas

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Lyrics

Holy rage against injustice
That’s what the cross, what the cross is
The cure to violence and vengeance
That’s what the cross
What the cross is, what the cross is

Solace for the ones in mourning
That’s what the cross, what the cross is
A sign of hope for all the hopeless
That’s what the cross
What the cross is, what the cross is

Healing for the broken, reconciliation
Hope of new creation
The power of resurrection
In suffering consolation
Lead us to the cross

Symbol of the crucifixion
That’s what the cross, what the cross is
Shame before the exaltation
That’s what the cross
What the cross is, what the cross is