Some of the great resurrection hymns in today's programme for Easter Day.
SONG: JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY
Artist: Choir of Norwich Cathedral,
Words/Music: from Lyrica Davidica
Recording: QED QED276
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. 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 which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured. Alleluia!
Now above the sky he's King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
SONG: THIS JOYFUL EASTERTIDE
Artist: Cambridge Singers, John Rutter (dir)
Recording: Collegium CSCD 500
This joyful Eastertide,
away with care and sorrow!
My love, the crucified,
hath sprung to life this morrow.
Had Christ, that once was slain,
ne'er burst his three-day prison,
our faith had been in vain;
but now is Christ arisen,
arisen, arisen, arisen.
Death's flood hath lost its chill,
since Jesus crossed the river:
Lover of souls, from ill
my passing soul deliver.
SONG: LOW IN THE GRAVE HE LAY
Artist: Choir of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Catherine Palmer (dir), Ronald Jordan (organ)
Words/Music: Robert Lowry
Recording: Marquis Classics
Low in the grave He lay
Jesus my Saviour!
Waiting the coming day
Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!
Vainly they watch His bed
Jesus, my Saviour!
Vainly they seal the dead
Jesus my Lord!
Death cannot keep his prey
Jesus, my Saviour!
He tore the bars away
Jesus my Lord!
SONG: THE DAY OF RESURRECTION
Artist: Choir of Kings College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury (dir)
Words/Music: St John of Damascus trans Neale/Trad (Mainzer Gesangbuch)
Recording: Argo 414609
The day of resurrection!
Earth, tell it out abroad;
the Passover of gladness,
the Passover of God.
From death to life eternal,
from earth unto the sky,
our God hath brought us over,
with hymns of victory.
Our hearts be pure from evil,
that we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal
of resurrection light;
and listening to his accents,
may hear so calm and plain
his own "All hail!" and, hearing,
may raise the victor strain.
Now let the heavens be joyful!
Let earth her song begin!
The round world keep high triumph,
and all that is therein!
Let all things seen and unseen
their notes in gladness blend,
for Christ the Lord is risen,
our joy that hath no end.
SONG: THINE BE THE GLORY
Artist: Choir of Portsmouth Cathedral, David Price (dir), David Thorne (organ)
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
endless is the victory, thou o'er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave clothes where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son,
Endless is the vict'ry, thou o'er death hast won.
Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
No more we doubt thee, glorious prince of life;
life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love:
bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.
SONG: COMPANIONS, LET US PRAY TOGETHER
Artist: Viva Voce, John Rosser (director), Michael Bell (piano)
Words/Music: David Clark, Witi Ihimaera/David Hamilton
Recording: NZ Hymnbook Trust 941300
Companions let us pray together,
in this place affirm our faith.
God who made us is here among us;
we stand together in God’s grace.
We are whanau, we are one,
brothers, sisters of the Son.
We are reaching for our freedom,
the prize that Christ has won.
The broken Christ stands here among us,
shares our suffering and our pain;
in breaking bread we find empowerment
to live in aroha again.
The risen Christ brings light and laughter,
celebrates the life we share;
the poured out wine of Christ’s self-giving
inspires us to reach out and care.
Now let us sing to God who loves us
and accepts us as we are;
Go out from here and live that message,
proclaim our oneness near and far.
SONG: IN CHRIST ALONE
Artist: St Michael’s Singers, Coventry Cathedral
Words/Music: Stuart Townend, Keith Getty
Recording: Integrity Music
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all –
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid –
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death –
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home –
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.
SONG: WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN
Artist: Atlanta SO & Chorus, Robert Shaw (dir)
Words/Music: Text from King James Bible, compiled Jennens/Handel
Recording: Telarc CD 80119
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain,
and hath redeemed us to God by his blood,
to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength,
and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Blessing and honour, glory and power,
be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever.
Listen to the Easter Day Choral Eucharist from Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland