Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

"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!"
~ Charles Wesley



When I was a child, my family celebrated Easter by going to a sunrise service at church, then coming home and having an Easter egg hunt, usually in the house, because the weather was rarely conducive to having it outdoors. I don't remember having a special Easter meal, other than eating the colored eggs that we children found.

I have since learned that other families have much more elaborate means of celebrating Easter. Many of these include gift giving and traditional Easter meals, usually ham or turkey, served with all the trimmings.

In whatever way each of you celebrate Easter, it is important to remember why we celebrate the most significant event in history. The resurrection of Christ Jesus from the dead.

Christ the Lord is risen today. Alleluia!



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!

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Happy Easter!



7 comments:

4simpsons said...

One of my all time favorite songs.

Have a blessed Easter!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

In whatever way each of you celebrate Easter, it is important to remember why we celebrate the most significant event in history. The resurrection of Christ Jesus from the dead.

I remember.

Happy Easter Mark!

BB-Idaho said...

Wesley contributed one stanza to this old hymn, which appeared in the 1708 Lyra Davidica, and as far as is known derived from medieval latin. With trumpets and choir, it
is impressive indeed. As a youth, I participated as an Episcopal acolyte in the outdoor procession
into the overflowing cathedral each Easter morn. Call me old-fashioned, but IMO it trumps the
modern church stuff with bongos
and electric guitars.

Mark said...

Well, I wasn't there when the song was penned, although some say I am old enough to have been. Nevertheless, I got the lyrics from googling the title and the web site I copied them from said it was written by Wesley. Until I see evidence to the contrary, I will continue to credit Wesley. And I am too lazy to go into extensive research just to find proof that he didn't write the song. It just isn't that important to me who wrote it. It's still a great song with a great message.

Lone Ranger said...

We used to hunt Easter eggs indoors too. Trouble is, we never seemed to find all of them until several weeks later, when they could be tracked by their smell. Amazing how many hiding places there are in a trailer home.

Marshall Art said...

And a Happy Easter to you, Mark, and all your visitors.

Cameron said...

Happy Easter, Mark