EASTER HYMN

Tune Information

Meter: 7.7. 7.7 with Alleluias
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!

Go to text page...

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
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1121
Text: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (Lyra)
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4012
Text: Lord, Remove the Veil Away
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4091
Text: Lord, We Come and Offer Praise
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Timeless Truths #993
Text: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
  • Christ_the_Lord_Is_Risen_Today.pdf (PDF)
  • Christ_the_Lord_Is_Risen_Today.sib (SIB, Scorch)
  • Christ_the_Lord_Is_Risen_Today.xml (XML)
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

Instances

Instances (59)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
African American Heritage Hymnal #282TextImage
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #104
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #159TextImageAudioScore
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #270TextImage
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #194TextImage
Chalice Hymnal #216TextImage
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #193
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #114AudioScore
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #157TextImage
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #410Text
Common Praise (1998) #203TextImage
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #352Text
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #365TextImage
Gather (3rd ed.) #540Image
Gather Comprehensive #422TextImage
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #457Image
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #232TextImageAudioFlexscore
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #135
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #207TextImage
Hymns of Faith #165TextImage
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #315
Les Chants du Pèlerin #195
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #182TextImageAudioFlexscore
Lutheran Service Book #457TextImage
Moravian Book of Worship #358
Nyimbo za Imani Yetu #85
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #439Image
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #231Image
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #123TextImage
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #136D(alt)TextImage
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #150G(alt1)TextImage
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #388TextImageAudio
Rejoice Hymns #323
Rejoice in the Lord #312TextImage
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #166
Sing Joyfully #268TextImage
Sing With Me #132TextImage
Songs for Life #172TextImage
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #33
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #367TextImage
The Christian Life Hymnal #183
The Christian Life Hymnal #184
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #258
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #217TextImage
The New Century Hymnal #233TextImage
The United Methodist Hymnal #302TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #104TextImage
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #105TextImage
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #106TextImage
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #107Image
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #108Image
The Worshiping Church #234TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #277TextImageFlexscore
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #155TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #156TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #157TextImage
Worship and Rejoice #288TextImageAudioScore
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #118
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #119



Advertisements