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The Story of the Classic Gospel Music Hymn “The Old Rugged Cross” by George Bennard

One of the most well known and beloved Gospel songs found in hymnals across the nation is “The Old Rugged Cross”.
George Bennard was born in the coal-mining and iron-production town of Youngstown, Ohio on February 4, 1873. His family moved to Iowa when he was still a young boy.

When George was very young, he was inspired to become a minister of the Gospel. However, when his father unexpectedly passed away, Bennard put his dream aside and work to support his mother and sisters as the family bread-winner.

George Bennard grew up and married. He and his new bride became brigade leaders in the Salvation Army and then was ordained by the Methodist Episcopal Church. George Bennard went on to lead revivals across New York and the state of Michigan.

As in many of our lives, Bennard experienced a difficult event in his life. Because of this, he began to study the significance of the cross and it’s meaning.

George Bennard came to the conclusion that what happened on the cross was at the center of the gospel.

This inspired George as he overcame the trial in life he was experiencing.

Inspired by his study and the difficult life event, George Bennard wrote the Classic Gospel song, “The Old Rugged Cross” in the year of 1913.

Popular Christian evangelist Billy Sunday heard the song, began to use it in his ministry and the song popularity increased.

Bennard passed away in 1958. “The Old Rugged Cross” continued to grow in popularity and became the classic Gospel Music hymn it is today.

The lyrics continue to inspire each generation that discovers it for themselves.

“On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain…”

Discover this wonderful song for yourself with its classic melody and compelling lyrics in the many forms of Christian Accompaniment Tracks and Gospel Soundtracks on CD audio.

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