Sunday, 27 March 2016

16th Century Ode to Easter

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
Jesus Has Risen
24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
‘Christ the lord is risen again!
Christ hath broken every chain,
Hark, the angels shout for joy,
Singing evermore on high,

He who gave for us his life,
Who for us endured the strife,
Is our Paschal Lamb today!
We too sing for joy, and say

He who bore all pain and loss
Comfortless upon the Cross,
Lives in glory now on high,
Pleads for us, and hears our cry.

Now he bids us tell abroad
How the lost may be restored,
How the penitent forgiven,
How we too may enter heaven. Alleluya!’

Michael Weisse c. 1480-1534
Translated by C. Winkworth 1829-78