The three hundred year span of time from 1640 to 1940 saw the development of great variety in congregational singing throughout America. Beginning with the Psalters of the first colonists, Americans contributed widely varying styles of songs and hymns, culminating with the popular and influential gospel song.
Two lines in this prayer offered by our Lord contrast the horror of the cross with the victory it represents. Jesus knew what suffering awaited Him. Yet He also was certain in His resolve to finish the work for which He had come: to redeem humanity and to bring lasting glory to the name of the Father.