He is risen indeed! This high holy day calls for reveling in the glories of the best Easter hymns. Scroll to the time stamps to read the lyrics of the three hymns that Matt, Alastair, and Derek discuss in this episode.

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Anglicans are Protestants [0:32]

Proleptic Easter Discussion [2:14]

“Christ the Lord is Risen Today” [8:23]

“Christ the Lord is ris’n to-day,”

Sons of Men and Angels say!

Raise your Joys and Triumphs high,

Sing ye Heav’ns, 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 hath burst the Gates of Hell!

Death in vain forbids his Rise:

Christ hath open’d 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.


What tho’ once we perish’d All,

Partners of our Parent’s Fall,

Second Life we All receive,

In our Heav’nly Adam live.


Ris’n with Him, we upward move,

Still we seek the Things above,

Still pursue, and kiss the Son,

Seated on his Father’s Throne;


Scarce on Earth a Thought bestow,

Dead to all we leave below,

Heav’n our Aim, and lov’d Abode,

Hid our Life with Christ in God!


Hid; ’till Christ our Life appear,

Glorious in his Members here:

Join’d to Him, we then shall shine

All Immortal, all Divine!


Hail the Lord of Earth and Heav’n!

Praise to Thee by both be giv’n:

Thee we greet Triumphant now;

Hail the Resurrection Thou!


King of Glory, Soul of Bliss,

Everlasting Life is This,

Thee to know, thy Pow’r to prove,

Thus to sing, and thus to love!

“In Christ Alone” [21:50]

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.

“Thine Be the Glory” [33:09]

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;

endless is the vict’ry 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, conqu’ring 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 His church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,

for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting.

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;

endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.


No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life!!

Life is nought without Thee; aid us in our strife;

make us more than conqu’rors, through Thy deathless love;

bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;

endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.


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  1. Stephen Crawford April 8, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Christ the Lord is ris’n today? Really? I meet Easter hymns mainly through the ’82 Hymnal. Rightly, the tune “Easter Hymn” has “Jesus Christ is risen today” set to it (Hymn 207), which is mainly translated from a 14th-century Latin hymn. Charles Wesley’s hymn is published as “Love’s redeeming work is done” is Hymn 188, to a less thrilling melody.

    At any rate, here’s a list of better Easter hymns: Hail thee, festival day! (175), “Welcome, happy morning!” (179–which looks to me like a different translation of the Fortunatus hymn, but I’ve never seen the original Latin … nor could I read it if I did), The strife is o’er, the battle done (208), and even–I would say–Come, ye faithful, raise the strain (199).


    1. I second all this, but must also add “The Day of Resurrection” (210). Still, I don’t think anything can beat the fourth verse of “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” complete with a soaring descant reminiscent of life breaking out of the entombing silence of death when the lights come up after a late-night Vigil service.

      And of course, the only fitting postlude to the Easter Vigil marathon is Widor’s Toccata, which speaks Easter theology in a language beyond words.


  2. *This Joyful Eastertide* is a fantastic Easter hymn.


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