Our trek through the Easter Octave brings us to one of my favourite Easter Hymns, by Charles Wesley (saint of the week here), ‘Christ the Lord Is Risen Today’:
‘Christ the Lord is risen today,’
Sons of men and angels say;
Raise your joys and triumphs high;
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.
Love’s redeeming work is done,
Fought the fight, the battle won;
Lo! our Sun’s eclipse is o’er;
Lo! he sets in blood no more.
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal;
Christ has burst the gates of hell:
Death in vain forbids his rise;
Christ hath opened Paradise.
Lives again our glorious King;
Where, O Death, is now thy sting?
Once he died, our souls to save;
Where thy victory, O grave?
Soar we now where Christ has led,
Following our exalted Head;
Made like him, like him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies.
Hail, the Lord of earth and heaven!
Praise to thee by both be given;
Thee we greet triumphant now;
Hail, the Resurrection thou!
And since hymns are for singing: