Happy Easter!

April 11, 2004 | 3 comments
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Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Perhaps Kristine, our resident hymnologist (hymnographer? hymnoclaust?) can give us a history of this fun traditional hymn. It seems to have a number of verses, of which only three made it into our hymnal. For some alternate versions, see

http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh302.sht

http://www.korrnet.org/hines/Lyrics/Risen%20Today.htm

I just noticed these versions while looking for an internet site with the lyrics to this hymn, and I liked the imagery of a few of the verses I hadn’t seen before. Such as:

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened Paradise, Alleluia!

Happy Easter, everyone!

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3 Responses to Happy Easter!

  1. Ethesis on April 11, 2004 at 1:50 pm

    Easter holds so much promise, but, at the same time, is such a reminder of the loss for which the promise applies.

    One of those holidays that I dread in much the way that I used to embrace it. Right now one of the dogs is off to the vet for a serious infection and I’m home with the four year old getting ready for Church.

    Though I love the Easter hymns.

  2. Ethesis on April 11, 2004 at 6:42 pm

    Question of the day in Sunday School:

    If Jesus still has the nail marks after two thousand years, how long does it take for someone who has been cremated or burned to death to recover after they are resurrected?

  3. Ivan Wolfe on April 11, 2004 at 6:54 pm

    Was that question actually asked?

    and what was the answer?

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