Christos Anesti! Christ is risen!
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say! Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply. Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won: Alleluia!
Lo! our sun’s eclipse is o’er, Alleluia!
Lo! he sets in blood no more. Alleluia!
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell: Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids his rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened Paradise. Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save; Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, O grave?” Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted head; Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!
I imagine that Charles Wesley (author of this hymn) was a prim and proper British gentleman. But some of his hymns—this one included—just beg to be sang at the top of one’s lungs with reverently reckless abandon. After all, in the first stanza, he calls upon the entire created order—human beings, angels, the earth and the heavens—to join in praise. That can hardly be a quiet, dignified affair (unlike the video I’ve embedded 😉 ).
So this resurrection day, pull a David and sing like crazy to Jesus Christ, for “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Romans 4:25)