‘Christ the Lord Is Ris’n Today’ (Maddy Prior)

I don’t care if it’s not Easter anymore. Jesus Christ’s resurrection is the best news ever given to the human race, and it bears repeating.

So let’s have one of our favorite hymns: Christ the Lord is Ris’n Today! by Charles Wesley (1739), performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

Special Encore: ‘Up From the Grave He Arose’

I am strongly moved to post this hymn again today, don’t wait for tomorrow–Up from the Grave He Arose, by the Voice of Eden. I don’t know why I need to do this, but I try to heed such promptings.

We are saved because He arose. And when He returns to claim His throne, He will banish sin and death and all their servants with them, never to be seen or heard again.

Hell will be total separation from God, forever; and those who’ve asked for it will get it.

‘Emanuel’

I don’t know if this is the Emanuel that Erlene had in mind as her hymn request, but it’s my best guess. I usually think of this as a hymn for Christmas-time, but it works just as well for Easter: Emanuel, sung by Amy Grant.

By Request, The Hallelujah Chorus

Phoebe asked for The Hallelujah Chorus (from Handel’s Messiah), so we’ve got The Hallelujah Chorus, performed by The English Concert and Choir. It works just as well for Easter as for Christmas–or for any other day.

By Request, ‘An Easter Hallelujah’

I was going to do another nooze post–but naah, never mind. I’ll do this instead, it’s better for us.

Requested by Joshua, An Easter Hallelujah, sing by Cassandra Star Armstrong and her elder sister, Callahan.

We’re going to keep posting Easter hymns for a while.

By Request, ‘Pie Jesu’

We have this Easter hymn from my friend, “Jessicafischerqueen,” at Chessgames. com–Pie Jesu (O, Sweet Jesus), from a requiem by Faure. The soprano solost is Lisa Beckley.

By Request, ‘Glorious Day’

We have this from one of my friends at Chessgames.com, “Ohio Chess Fan”–Glorious Day, by Casting Crowns.

We’ll post Easter hymns all week, or for as long as you like. We do try to fulfill all hymn requests, and just now, I’m happy to say, we’ve got a bundle of them.

By Request, ‘To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King’

Requested by Phoebe, another glorious hymn for Easter–To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King, performed by the choir and orchestra at St. Mary’s Church, Littleton, Colorado.

Hardly anybody here yet–an ideal time to request a hymn.

By Request, ‘Jesus Christ Is Risen Today’

Requested by Phoebe, Jesus Christ is Risen Today, sung by the Kings College Choir, Cambridge.

This Easter hymn brings a tear to my eye. It seems to me that in it I can hear all my loved ones who have gone before–which is most of them–singing this hymn in a heavenly choir. What is that lump in my throat?

It’s Jesus, wanting us to know He is risen.

‘Mary Magdalene, on Easter Morning’ (2015)

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I like to post this every Easter.

Mary Magdalene, on Easter Morning

Imagine deepest sorrow turned to highest joy–can you? Imagine the worst wrong you ever saw, suddenly put right. Can you? Have you ever seen something that really was too good to be true, impossibly good–and yet there it was, before your eyes?

The Bible tells us Mary followed Jesus, as a disciple, after he cast seven devils out of her: so she already knew a thing or two about horror, pain, and misery.

Now she is about to learn about joy.