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Sunday, April 21. 2019
"Be not affrighted. Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him." Mark 16:6
Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
The wonderful tune which brings back every Easter in one's life, and a few tears, too. Composer? Unknown. Words by Charles Wesley, 1739. The verses were written for the opening of the Wesleyan Chapel in London, in an old foundry. Hence the term Foundry Collection of hymns.
The rest of Wesley's verses of the song are on the continuation page, below.
Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
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I loved to sing in the choir; was a member for eight years during my youth.
Thank you for bring back the glorious sound of this joyful day.
If I am to get to a church of my tradition I will have to take a ferry boat. That means waiting in line for about 45 minutes, and then another 1.5 hours of driving. That is one way. After forcing out the traditional priests in our diocese, our bishop has called himself gracious by allowing the parishes over on the outer islands to remain traditional. That way he claims himself to be collaborative and tolerant.
Thanks for the lovely Easter post and for Blake's image. I awoke this morning with this hymn in my mind.
Alleluia, Alleluia! He is Risen! Let Us Follow.
He is risen, indeed! Thanks for your post and Happy Easter to you and yours!
Thank you Ben David--coming from you it has a special meaning. In that same spirit I would ask that you help me to connect with a Rabbi that would like to try to help us. In the beginning there was a young asistant Rabbi who was not orthodox. I thought he was going to try to help--but he was moved to somewhere else before he could do anything for us. You could make a suggestion here, or tell me where to send my email.
"And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." - Luke 11.9
Happy Easter to all.
We sang this hymn in church this morning, minus the glorious organ!
Here is a link to our pastor's sermon:
We sang this as our recessional. Minus the typani and trumpets, and with a much smaller organ. We put the spirit into it, though.
I should be a Christian myself some day.
For more on Charles Wesley's Foundry Church building please visit the article at https://www.francisasburytriptych.com/john-wesleys-foundry-church/. Thank you for the hymn.
Beautiful and stirring. One of my favorites. Always reminds me of Easter service with my grandmother and all my cousins. Sung joyously again yesterday at our local church. Thank you!
Alleluia, that uplifting cry. So moving. I adore Easter and the return of Alleluia after Lent.
Last night before going to Easter Vigil, I watched Risen. In my opinion this movie has a powerful message of faith, and gets to me, always the message rocks me again. Every time.
Fiennes' character's, Tribune Clavius', journey to faith, rough journey to faith, takes my breath away.
But easily the most intense scene, a small scene, is when he finally finds the guard from the tomb. The guard, originally paid to lie about the Resurrection, having nothing to lose, tells Tribune, with awe and tears, what he saw that night.
I highly recommend the movie. At least to me it roars loudly, He is Risen!
My favorite still. Such joy! Happy Easter to all at MF! You bring such well-rounded appreciation to all the earth offers.
We belong to the "early Christians" at our parish (go to 8:30 am Communion with no hymns) as opposed to the "Later Day Saints" who have the full meal deal with children. However, Easter Sunday even the early Christians have music, and celebrate in the main body of the church as opposed to the side chapel which is their normal home. We began with "Alleluia! The Strife Is O'er" but progressed to "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" for the offertory.
As a server at the early service, I am used to the intimacy of the side chapel, and find the chancel formidable. The distance from the main altar to the congregation is very far for one who is accustomed to seeing the pews close to the communion rails. But, on Easter, I give the best that I can.
Christ the Lord is indeed risen. Hallelujah!!
The most beautiful and evocative of hymns--thank you! (We sang this first thing at our Easter service in New London, NH this morning.).
He is risen, indeed! Happy Easter to all!
"Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future...."
To quote the words of a more recently written hymn, each of us can be secure in God's grace because He is risen indeed.
A beautiful song, and easy and fun to sing too. Happy Easter to Maggie’s and all your readers!