Christ the Lord is Risen Today"Christ the Lord is risen today," Alleluia!Sons of men and angels say; Alleluia!Raise your joys and triumphs high; Alleluia!Sing ye heav'ns, and earth, reply: Alleluia!Vain the stone, the watch, the seal; Alleluia!Christ has 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 has led, Alleluia!Following our exalted Head; Alleluia!Made like him, like him we rise: Alleluia!Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!Hail, the Lord of earth and heav'n! Alleluia!Praise to thee by both be giv'n; Alleluia!Thee we greet triumphant now; Alleluia!Hail, the Resurrection Thou! Alleluia!Words: Charles Wesley, 1739. 14th Century; translated from Latin to English in Lyra Davidica. This exuberant song is one of the most popular Easter hymns in the English language. Music: Easter Hymn, composer unknown, in Lyra Davidica (London: 1708)The account of the Resurrection is in all four GospelsMatthew 28Mark 16Luke 24John 20
He is risen indeed! No more guilt and no more fear. Praise God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
What a blessed Easter, a glorious time of mutual and personal celebration! Starting from our wonderful Good Friday services, I think a small taste of heaven was experienced at Redeemer this past Lord’s Day services. Being with and sharing life with so many wonderful brothers and sisters at the Easter brunch was a true joy. Sharing such Koinonia is a rich experience that none of us should ever take for granted. And sweet victory, the preaching of the Word was profoundly made clear.
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