Saturday, October 15, 2022

385. Feast and Week of Easter

The current hymnbook project's Easter Day hymn is already in the bag. However, the LSB 3-year propers also suggest the possibility of separate services for:
  • Easter Sunrise (Exodus 14:10-15:1; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18);
  • Easter Evening/Monday (Exodus 15:1-18 or Daniel 12:1c-3; Acts 10:34-43 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; Luke 24:13-35 and optional 36-49);
  • Easter Tuesday (Daniel 3:8-28; Acts 13:26-33; Luke 24:36-49); and
  • Easter Wednesday (Acts 3:13-15 and 17-19; Colossians 3:1-7 or 1 Corinthians 11:23-36; John 21:1-14).
So, in the same vein as my recent hymns for the Feast of Christmas and Holy Week, here is one of those multi-use, "one opening stanza, one closing stanza and multiple middle stanzas"-type hymns. The tune is CORONAE by Willam H. Monk (1871), which is set to "Look, ye saints! the sight is glorious" in CSB, TLH and CWALH.

Hallelujah! Hail His rising!
How the wonder daily grows,
Heart and conscience realizing
Life from Him to sinners flows!
Christ is risen
And before His brethren goes.

(Easter Sunrise)
At the tomb, bewildered, weeping,
Mary wondered where He lay,
Till the Lord, His promise keeping,
Spoke and took Her grief away.
Christ is risen,
Bringing light at break of day!

(Easter Evening/Monday)
On the road, to two disciples
Sighing, Jesus came to say
How the Scriptures, hardly trifles,
Were fulfilled that very day.
Christ is risen,
Feeding faith at close of day!

(Easter Tuesday)
To the ten, distressed and frightened,
Jesus brought the word of peace,
Of the holy page enlightened
That their number might increase.
Christ is risen,
From night's terrors our release.

(Easter Wednesday)
At the sea, the faithful, fishing
As they would, brought none to hand;
Cast once more, on Jesus' wishing;
Caught as much as they could land.
Christ is risen,
All the world at His command.

(Closing stanza)
Hallelujah! Living, dying,
Both appear in altered guise
With our Lord the hope supplying
That we also will arise.
Christ is risen,
Making ours the Victor's prize!

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