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Who Sings "The Old Rugged Cross?"


Written in 1913 by George Ben­nard, "The Old Rugged Cross" is a hymn that speaks to the foundation of the Christian faith.

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 that 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.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true; Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

Source: Public Domain

Bart Millard

Bart Millard - Hymned
From Hymned, the 2006 Dove Inspirational Album of the Year, Bart showed that he has a touch of country in his soul with his version of "The Old Rugged Cross."

Chris Rice

Chris Rice - Peace Like A River: The Hymns Project
Coming from Peace Like A River: The Hymns Project, Chris Rice gives the timeless hymn a piano backing that makes it sound very modern.

Danny Oertli

Danny Oertli - Hymns And Prayers
Hapi Skratch Entertainment
On 1999's Hymns And Prayers, Danny Oertli needs nothing more than an acoustic guitar to share his passion for the cross and the gift that it brought us.

Go Fish

Go Fish - Kickin' It Old School
Go Fish Kids Records
Even though Go Fish is predominantly known for performing music for kids, their version of "The Old Rugged Cross," found on the 2010 release, Kickin' It Old School - Your Grandparents' Music is Cooler than You Think is anything but kiddie time! An acoustic guitar and soft but powerful vocals make this a winner for all ages.

Sandi Patty

Sandi Patty - Hymns Just For You
Word Records
Originally recorded in 1990 and released on Hymns Just For You, Sandi Patty puts an angelic sound to the classic hymn.

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