Easter Emphasis…  In this Passion Week, leading up to the Resurrection, we will focus on some of the greatest hymn that were intended to be Easter hymns.

CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY                                       written in 1739

The Story

            This hymn, originally titled “Hymn for Easter Day”, was sung for the first time in a deserted iron foundry in London, England. That iron foundry, which became the first Wesleyan chapel, is known as the Foundry Meeting House.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788), who along with his brother John launched the Methodist movement, had just been converted a year earlier… and was already writing hymns. This hymn was one of his earliest hymns, as it was written for the first service in that old foundry building.

Today, this Resurrection hymn is regarded as one of the greatest and most beloved of the many hymns Charles Wesley wrote. But, his brother John didn’t think this hymn deserved to be kept for posterity. When John was 77 years old, he collected what he considered to be his brother’s best hymns into a new Methodist hymnal… and this hymn was not included. It wasn’t until about 50 years later that another editor found this great hymn and included it in a new Wesleyan hymnal.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – begin your celebration toward Easter!

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!  Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!  Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!  Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!  Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!  Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!  Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!  Foll’wing our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!  Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!  Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!  Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!  Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy pow’r to prove, Alleluia!  Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

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