He is risen today, Alleluia
After the mixed emotions of Holy Week starting with the triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Then the breaking of bread, betrayal and arrest on Maundy Thursday, and the trial and crucifixion on Good Friday. The sorrow of these last few days leads to the joy of the resurrection today.
Alleluias are the order of the day and what better way than the following hymn from the collection Lyra Davidica by John Walsh in 1708. Originally in Latin Surrexit Christus hodie this hymn has plenty of Alleluias interspersed with the joy and praise of the resurrection sung to the tune Easter Hymn.
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 have procured. Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
praise eternal as God’s love. Alleluia!
Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!