Resurrection Sunday Blessings

31 March 2013


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!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

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!

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!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

— Excerpt of "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" by Charles Wesley (1739)

I pray your Lord's Day has been a blessed one filled with rejoicing in the resurrection of Christ! He is risen! He is risen, indeed!
 But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay." —Matthew 28:5-6

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  1. We sang this song at church on Sunday, Elizabeth. It filled me with such joy and hope in Christ. He is alive and risen from the dead!

    I hope you had a very happy Easter/Resurrection Day btw, dear <3

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  2. We sing this song every Easter in our church and also in the church where I grew up. Ever since we listened to Dave Barry's audio book, The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog, I can't help but laugh every time I think of it now.

    Flowers also have religious significance. When I was a youth attending St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Armonk, N.Y., every man, woman and child was issued a potted hyacinth on Easter Sunday. Then we'd sing a hymn with a lot of "alleluias" in it, and every time we got to an "alleluia" we'd all raise our potted hyacinths over our heads in a gesture of Major Religious Significance. I'm serious. You'd have this sea of potted hyacinths lunging up and down in semi-unison and occasionally crashing to the floor on account of it was hard to simultaneously hoist your hyacinth and hold your hymnal.

    Flowers also have religious significance. When I was a youth attending St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Armonk, N.Y., every man, woman and child was issued a potted hyacinth on Easter Sunday. Then we'd sing a hymn with a lot of "alleluias" in it, and every time we got to an "alleluia" we'd all raise our potted hyacinths over our heads in a gesture of Major Religious Significance. I'm serious. You'd have this sea of potted hyacinths lunging up and down in semi-unison and occasionally crashing to the floor on account of it was hard to simultaneously hoist your hyacinth and hold your hymnal.

    Great book by the way, if you are looking for a funny look into family life with a heart warming twist.

    Happy Easter, sweet girl... He has risen, indeed!

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