1. Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam

From Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BWV 7

Johann Sebastian Bach
e minor
128 measures

German text

English translation

Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam
Christ our Lord came to the Jordan
Nach seines Vaters Willen,
according to His Father’s will,
Von Sankt Johanns die Taufe nahm,
He received baptism from Saint John,
Sein Werk und Amt zu erfüllen;
to fulfill his work and destiny;
Da wollt er stiften uns ein Bad,
thus He wishes to draw us a bath,
Zu waschen uns von Sünden,
to cleanse us from sin,
Ersäufen auch den bittern Tod
to drown bitter death as well
Durch sein selbst Blut und Wunden;
through His own blood and wounds;
Es galt ein neues Leben.
it permitted a new life.
(“Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam,” verse 1)

About the text

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Based on Martin Luther’s 1541 baptismal hymn (Dürr 2005, 686)
  • Text references: first verse of Martin Luther’s 1541 baptismal hymn (verbatim)
  • Scripture readings for the day: Isaiah 40:1–40:5; Luke 1:57–1:80


  • Oboe d’amore I
  • Oboe d’amore II
  • Violino concertato I + Violino concertato II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano chorale
  • Alto chorale
  • Tenore chorale
  • Basso chorale
  • Continuo: Organo


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