Are You Washed in the Blood?

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"Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb" music from Gospel Praise Book: A Collection of Choice Gems of Sacred Song (1880)

Are You Washed in the Blood? is a well-known Christian hymn written in 1878 in Ohio by Elisha Hoffman, a Presbyterian minister from Pennsylvania; it was first published in Spiritual Songs for Gospel Meetings and the Sunday School.[1] The song "became a marching song for the Salvation Army."[2] The song contains many Bible references and allusions, including to: "They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" from Revelation 7:14.

The song has been recorded by many notable recording artists, including Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, the Louvin Brothers and Ernest Stoneman's Dixie Mountaineers in the Bristol Sessions (1927). It can be heard in the Paul Schrader film, First Reformed, as well as the video game Wasteland 3 under the name "Blood of the Lamb"


  1. ^ "Are You Washed in the Blood?".
  2. ^ W. K. McNeil, Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music (2005) p. 188