EASTER HYMN

Composer: Anonymous

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Tune Information

Composer: Anonymous
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!

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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

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

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African American Heritage Hymnal #282Image
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #159TextImageAudioScore
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #270TextImage
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #194Image
Celebration Hymnal #367Image
Chalice Hymnal #216Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #114AudioScore
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #157Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #410Text
Common Praise (1998) #203Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #352Text
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #365Image
Gather (3rd ed.) #540Image
Gather Comprehensive #422Text
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #457
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 #182ImageAudioFlexscore
Lutheran Service Book #457Text
Nyimbo za Imani Yetu #85
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #123TextImage
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #136D(alt)Image
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #150G(alt1)Image
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #388TextImageAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #312Text
Revival Hymns and Choruses #211
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #166
Sing Joyfully #268TextImage
Sing With Me #132Text
Songs for Life #172Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #183
The Christian Life Hymnal #184
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #258
The Cyber Hymnal #1121TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #4012TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #4091TextAudioScore
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #217
The New Century Hymnal #233Image
The United Methodist Hymnal #302TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
The Worshiping Church #234TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #277TextImageFlexscore
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 #156Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #157Text
Worship and Rejoice #288TextImageAudioScore
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #118
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #119



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