He is Risen

Jesus Christ is risen today . .Alleluia.

According to Cyberhymnal.org, the original words of this well known Resurrection hymn come from a 14th Cen­tu­ry Bo­hem­i­an La­tin car­ol (Sur­rex­it Christ­us ho­die). The first trans­la­tion appeared in Lyra Da­vid­i­ca, a Col­lect­ion of Di­vine Songs and Hymns (John Walsh: 1708).

In three verses the essence of Easter is presented:

“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 hath procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!”

Then the fourth stanza, added by Charles Wesley, enforces the aspect of praise and worship.

“Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as His love, Alleluia!
Praise Him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!”

There is nothing that can be added.

He is risen.

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