Christ is risen!
April 24, 2011
Christ is risen from the dead:
This is the primal faith
that overcomes a fallen world
immersed in ways of death.
This is the song the angels sang
when, standing at the tomb,
they saw an uncreated light
pierce through the heavy gloom.
This is what the apostles sang
when through the world they sped
attesting to the one they knew:
Christ risen from the dead.
This song is what the martyrs sang
when, hauled before the thrones
of princes, sultans, emperors,
they risked their lives and bones.
And, through all generations,
the Church has sung this hymn,
proclaiming Christ the king of kings
and triumphing in him.
Christ is risen! and the hosts
of demons quake with fear
to see within their gloomy realm
the lord of life appear.
Christ is risen, and has given
death a deadly blow,
and life and light have come to those
who languished deep below.
Christ is risen! sin and death
have lost their sovereignty,
for Christ the everlasting lord
has won the victory.
Christ is risen! grace and truth
to us are freely given,
for Christ has made a way for all
into the realm of heaven.
Christ is risen! let not fear
oppress us any more,
for Christ destroyed sin’s ancient curse
and settled that old score.
Christ is risen! may our tongues
with joy proclaim his name,
and may the countless hosts of heaven
echo with the same.
For Christ has risen from the dead
and trampled death by death,
and all who slumber in the tombs
shall waken at his breath.