EASTER HYMN

Tune Information

Meter: 7.7.7.7 with alleluia
Incipit: 13514 66534 51434
Key: C Major
Source: Lyra Da­vid­i­ca (Lon­don: 1708)
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

Christ the Lord is risen today

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

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Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Notes

EASTER HYMN originally appeared in the John Walsh collection Lyra Davidica (1708) as a rather florid tune. Tempered to its present version by John Arnold in his Compleat Psalmodist (1749), EASTER HYMN is now one of the best and most joyous Easter tunes.

Composed by Paul Sjolund (b. Minneapolis, MN, 1935), the descant comes from Hymns for the Family of God (1976), which also provides additional parts for two trumpets. A composer, conductor, and festival director, Sjolund has had several hundred of his compositions published. He was minister of music at two Los Angeles churches: Bel Air Presbyterian Church (1959-1968) and La Canada Presbyterian Church (1968-1980). He has also been a consultant and contributor to several modern hymnals.

Wonderfully decorating the "alleluias," the melismas add a depth to our praise that spoken "alleluia" cannot approximate (and that can be exceeded only by dancing such "alleluias"). The structure of text and music invites antiphonal performance. Try having small groups sing Wesley's words and the entire group sing the "alleluias." If the congregation wants to sing the entire hymn–and it often does–organists could point out the antiphonal character by playing the regular lines with a lighter accompaniment or unison melody on some stanzas, and by changing to full organ and/ or harmony for the "alleluias." Be sure to add the descant, especially on stanza 5, perhaps taking that stanza a bit slower.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #159
Text: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #114
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A Collection of Hymn Tunes from the most modern and approved authors #24
A Compilation of the Litanies and Vespers Hymns and Anthems as they are sung in the Catholic Church adapted to the voice or organ #25
Text: Sing Ye Praises
The Cyber Hymnal #1121
Text: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (Lyra)
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The Cyber Hymnal #4012
Text: Lord, Remove the Veil Away
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The Cyber Hymnal #4091
Text: Lord, We Come and Offer Praise
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The Cyber Hymnal #9328
Text: Збаўца наш Ісус ускрос
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Timeless Truths #993
Text: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
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The Worshiping Church #234
Text: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
The United Methodist Hymnal #302
Text: Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Worship and Rejoice #288
Text: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

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Hinário para o Culto Cristão #135
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Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #196
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Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #381
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Lutheran Service Book #457TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #127TextPage Scan
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Singing the Faith #298
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The Christian Life Hymnal #183
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The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #258
The Cyber Hymnal #1121TextScoreAudio
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The New Century Hymnal #233
The New English Hymnal #110
The United Methodist Hymnal #302TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #104Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #105Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #106Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #107
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #108Page Scan
The Worshiping Church #234TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Timeless Truths #993TextScoreAudio
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #362
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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #277TextFlexScorePage Scan
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #192TextAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #155Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #156
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #157Text
Worship and Rejoice #288TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #118
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #119
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #442Page Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #137
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