Sunday, April 5, 2009

He's Risen, He's Risen & Happy Easter

He's risen, He's risen, Christ Jesus, the Lord;
He opened death's prison, the incarnate, true Word.
Break forth, hosts of heaven, in jubilant song,
And earth, sea, and mountain the praises prolong.

The foe was triumphant when on Calvary
The Lord of creation was nailed to the tree.
In Satan's domain did the hosts shout and jeer:
For Jesus was slain, whom the evil ones fear.

But short was their triumph: the Savior arose!
And death, hell, and Satan He vanquished, His foes.
The conquering Lord lifts His banner on high:
He lives, yes, He lives, and will never-more die.

O, where is your sting, death?* We fear you no more!
Christ rose, and now open is fair Eden's door.
For all our transgressions His blood does atone;
Redeemed and forgiven, we now are His own.

Then sing your hosannas and raise your glad voice;
Proclaim the blest tidings that all may rejoice.
Laud, honor, and praise to the Lamb that was slain;
With Father and Spirit He ever shall reign.
----Rev. C.F.W. Walther, 1860
(adapted from the translation by Anna M. Meyer)

*Hosea 13: 14 & I Corintians 15: 55


Julana said...

Happy Easter to you, too!

Jim Swindle said...

Happy Easter. The hymn you posted is a good one, and is not one of the hundreds that I'm familiar with.

ambersun said...

A lovely humn.

I don't know it but I wish I did.

My favourites are Amazing Grace and the Old Rugged Cross.

Have a great Easter


C. Marie Byars said...

This is a rather uncommon hymn written by the first president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. This group of Saxon Germans came to Missouri find freedom from the German state church and is now the largest conservative Lutheran group in the U.S.

Jim Swindle said...

We're not Lutheran, but my wife and I tend to think of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as "the GOOD Lutherans." The LCMS tends to actually believe the Jesus of the Bible and try to follow him.
Of course, there are some Lutherans in other groups that are good, too.

BrtyanCatt said...

I've sung this text, not as a hymn, but as an anthem, and found it to be both moving and compelling. Its wonderfully strong