‘Christ the Lord Is Risen Today’

I promised a while ago to run Christmas and Easter hymns throughout the year–so here’s an Easter hymn: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, sung by the Yoder Family. Glorious background sets by God the Father, our Creator.

‘Christ the Lord Is Risen Today’

To me this hymn is indispensable to any celebration of Easter–Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, by Charles Wesley–sung here by the Yoder Family. Written in the 18th century and still going strong!

Happy Easter, everybody. Christ is risen indeed.

‘Mary Magdalene on Easter Morning’ (2015)

Christ Appears to Mary Magdalene on Easter Morning - Noli me tangere  Painting by Peter Paul Rubens

(She thought He was the gardener!)

I like to post this on Easter morning, every year. If only we could share in Mary’s rapturous astonishment! But maybe we can… a little.

Mary Magdalene, on Easter Morning

It’s so hard to imagine. He was her savior. She loved Him. She saw Him tortured and killed, and put into a tomb. And then she saw Him again, and he spoke her name.

That’s how the world was changed.

That’s what we must remember.

‘Up from the Grave He Arose’

You knew I was going to post this hymn on Easter Sunday morning, didn’t you? Up From the Grave He Arose, sung by the Voice of Eden, brothers of ours in South India. And of course I remember this one from Sunday school.

‘Alleluiah! Sing to Jesus’

Alleluiah! Sing to Jesus, here sung by St. Michael’s Singers at Coventry Cathedral, is one of many hymns that go with the Welsh melody called “Hyfrydol”–composed in 1830 by Rowland H. Prichard when he was just 19 years ago. Did he ever dream that people would sing it in churches all over the world?

‘The Old Rugged Cross’

When Our Lord Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross, and died, and thrust into a tomb, Satan must have thought, “I’ve thrown everything I have at Them… and I have won!”

But we now know that the cross and the tomb were not the end of it. They were only the beginning.

Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross, sung by Alan Jackson.

By Request, ‘These 40 Days of Lent’

Here’s a hymn I never heard before: requested by Phoebe, These Forty Days of Lent. I don’t know who’s performing it, but I like the way it’s done here–just a choir and a piano. And the truth.

By Request: ‘O, Sacred Head, Surrounded’

Requested by Phoebe: O Sacred Head Surrounded–sung by Passion Chorale, music by J.S. Bach.

Would you believe we sang this in seventh grade–in a public school?

(I wasn’t going to put up six posts today; but I always try to fulfill hymn requests.)

Inventor of Marshmallow Peeps Dies at 98

The sticky, sugary history of Peeps - Vox

Ira “Bob” Born, the inventor of Marshmallow Peeps, has died at 98. He also invented the machine that makes the famous Easter candies. They mustn’t have been very easy to make by hand.

They came out in 1953, and I have loved Peeps all my life. Today they stir up fond memories of my family, and little pink and yellow chicks nestled in the green plastic “grass” in my Easter basket. I know it has nothing to do with the true joy and meaning of Easter–except that everything we know as wholesome, benign, and good comes to us as the gift of God.

So I couldn’t let this go without thanking Mr. Born for something sweet and pleasant in my life. I have a couple of packs of Peeps sitting on my table as we speak. And memories. I won’t let go of those.