046: Advent A Cappella Worship


John Brownlie (1907)

The King shall come when morning dawns,
And light triumphant breaks;
When beauty gilds the eastern hills,
And life to joy awakes.

Not as of old, a little child
To bear, and fight, and die,
But crowned with glory like the sun,
That lights that morning sky.

O, brighter than the rising morn,
When He, victorious rose,
And left the lonesome place of death,
Despite the rage of foes;—

O, brighter than that glorious morn,
Shall this fair morning be,
When Christ, our King, in beauty comes,
And we His face shall see.

The King shall come when morning dawns,
And light and beauty brings;—
Hail! Christ the Lord; Thy people pray
Come quickly, King of kings.

Traditional, 7th Century

Veni, O Sapientia,
Quae hic disponis omnia,
Veni, viam prudentiae
Ut doceas et gloriae.

Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, veni Adonai![16]
Qui populo in Sinai
Legem dedisti vertice,
In maiestate gloriae.

Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni o Jesse virgula!
Ex hostis tuos ungula,
De specu tuos tartari
Educ, et antro barathri.

Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni Clavis Davidica!
Regna reclude coelica,
Fac iter Tutum superum,
Et claude vias Inferum.

Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, veni O Oriens!
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras.

Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, Veni, Rex Gentium,
Veni, Redemptor omnium,
Ut salves tuos famulos
Peccati sibi conscios.

Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, veni Emmanuel!
Captivum solve Israel!
Qui gemit in exilio,
Privatus Dei Filio,

Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.

Dom Guéranger, 1870

Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Ne irascaris Domine, ne ultra memineris iniquitatis:
Ecce civitas Sancti facta est deserta:
Sion deserta facta est: Jerusalem desolata est:
Domus sanctificationis tuae et gloriae tuae, ubi laudaverunt te patres nostri.

Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Peccavimus, et facti sumus tamquam immundus nos,
Et cecidimus quasi folium universi:
Et iniquitates nostrae quasi ventus abstulerunt nos:
Abscondisti faciem tuam a nobis,
Et allisisti nos in manu iniquitatis nostrae.

Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Vide Domine afflictionem populi tui,
Et mitte quem missurus es:
Emitte Agnum dominatorem terrae,
De Petra deserti ad montem filiae Sion:
Ut auferat ipse iugum captivitatis nostrae.

Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Consolamini, consolamini, popule meus:
Cito veniet salus tua: quare maerore consumeris,
Quia innovavit te dolor?
Salvabo te, noli timere, ego enim sum Dominus Deus tuus,
Sanctus Israel, Redemptor tuus.

Ambrosian, 7th century
Translation from the Primer 1685
and the Evening Office 1710

Bright builder of the heav’nly poles
Eternal light of faithful souls
Jesus, Redeemer of mankind,
Our humble prayers vouchsafe to mind.

Who, lest the fraud of hell’s black king
Should all men to destruction bring,
Didst, by an act of gen’rous love,
The fainting world’s physician prove.

Thou, that Thou mightst our ransom pay
And wash the stains of sin away,
Didst from a Virgin’s womb proceed
And to the Cross a Victim bleed.

Thy glorious power, Thy saving name
No sooner any voice can frame,
But heaven and earth and hell agree
To honour them with trembling knee.

Thee, Christ, who at the latter day
Shalt be our Judge, we humbly pray
Such arms of heav’nly grace to send
As may Thy Church from foes defend.

Be glory given and honour done
To God the Father, and the Son
And to the Holy Ghost on high,
From age to age eternally.

Ambrosian, 5th cent.
Translation by Rev. Edward Caswall, M.A (1814-1878)

Hark! a herald voice is calling:
‘Christ is nigh,’ it seems to say;
‘Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!’

Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

Lo! the Lamb, so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from heaven;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven;

So when next he comes with glory,
Wrapping all the earth in fear,
May he then as our defender
Of the clouds of heaven appear.

Honour, glory, virtue, merit,
To the Father and the Son,
With the co-eternal Spirit,
While unending ages run. Amen.

045: The Lord Is My Shepherd


The songsheet / songbook will be made available soon.


“When the Loving Shepherd”
Adapted by St. Alfonso M. de Liguori
Written by Edmund Vaughan, 1827-1906

“I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go”
Charles H. Gabriel
Carrie E. Rounsefell

When the loving Shpeherd, Ere He left the earth
Shed, to pay our ransom, Blood of priceless worth,
These His lambs so cherished, Purchased for His own
He would not abandon In the world alone,
In the world alone.

Here, He makes us partners Of His realm on high
Happy and immortal With Him in the sky
Love immense, stupendous Makes Him here below
Parner of our exile, In the world of woe
In the world of woe

I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord
O’er mountain or plain or sea
I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord
I’ll be what You want me to be.

Soon, I hope to see You And enjoy Your love
Face to face sseet Jesus, In Your heav’n above
But on earth an exile, My delight shall be
Ever to be near You Veiled for love of me
Veiled for love of me

Both songs Public Domain

Sir Richard Runciman Terry

Christ the Lord is my true Shepherd
He doth rule me, He doth guide
Nothing can I lack if near Him
Constant I abide.

Where the verdant pasture springeth
Where the living waters flow
There His tender love has set me
On this earth below.

For His Name’s sake He has led me
In the paths of truth and right
And my drooping soul sustained
By His holy might.

Tho I walk through death’s dark valley
Yet no evil shall I fear
Powers of darkness have no terrors
Christ my Lord is near.

Where the wicked sore afflict me
He a table doth prepare
Furnished well with food celestial
By His bounteous care.

He with oil my head anointeth
In the midst of all my foes
And my cup with sweetness filleth
Till it overflows

So throughout life’s toilsome journey
Shall His mercy follow me
Till at length in radiant glory
I my Lord shall see.

Bliss supreme, O bliss supernal
Then to see Him and adore
In His Heav’nly radiant glory
Blest for evermore.

Public Domain


attr. to Dorothy A. Thrupp,
William B. Bradbury

Savior like a shepherd lead us
Much we need Your tender care;
In Your pleasant pastures feed us
For our use Your folds prepare:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
You have bought us, Yours we are;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
You have bought us, Yours we are;

Early let us seek Your favor;
Early let us do Your will
Blessed Lord and only Savior
With Your love our bosoms fill:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
You have loved us, love us still
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus
You have loved us, love us still.

Public Domain

From “Southern Harmony”

My Shepherd will supply my need
Jehovah is His name;
In pastures fresh He makes me feed
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wand’ring spirit back
When I forsake His ways,
And leads me for His mercy’s sake,
In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk thro the shades of death,
Your presence is my stay;
One word of Your supporting breath,
Drives all my fears away.
Your hand, in sight of all my foes
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows
Your oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God,
Attend me all my days
O may Your house be my abode,
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest
While others go and come
No more a stranger, nor a guest;
But like a child at home.

Public Domain

TU MANDASTI (Gregorian Chant)
English translation by Nick Alexander

Tu mandasti manda tuia
Custodiri nimis
Utinam d rigantur
viae meae
ad custodi endas justificationes tuas.

You have laid down the laws which You’ve made
To be guarded with care.
O, would I be resolute in ways that I go
To fully be safeguarding
the complete roster of statutes
You have given.


The Lord is near
The Lord is near
Near to all who call upon Him

“If You abide in me
And My words abide in you,
You shall ask what you will
And it will be done;
if You abide in me
And My words abide in you,
You shall ask what you will
And it shall be done;

v. 1&2 J. MOntgomery (1771-1854) v. 3&4 anon.
arr. and new chorus by Nick Alexander

Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless
Your chosen pilgrim flock
With manna in the widerness
With water from the rock.

We would not live by bread alone
But by Your word of grace
In strength of which we travel on
To our abiding place.

Be known to us in breaking bread
But do not then depart
Saviour abide with us, and spread
Your table in our heart.

Lord, sup with us in love divine
Your body and your blood
That living bread, that heav’nly wine
Be our immortal food.

You are our shepherd
You are our shepherd
You know Your sheep as Your own
You are our shepherd
And we, Your beloved
Declare Your goodness alone.

New version copyright (c) 2014 by Nick Alexander

044: Pentecost Worship


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The Prayer Meeting Podcast is a worship podcast where you are invited to sing, play along, or just listen. Music notation of these songs are now available (read further). This week’s episode is an extended worship jam based on the songs of Pentecost. Many of these songs were based upon a detailed survey that many of you answered.

Episode Log Times
2:27 – Veni Creator Spiritus
4:46 – Come And Fill This Temple
7:29 – Every Time I Feel The Spirit
11:20 – Lord, I Need Your Holy Spirit
11:58 – Yes, He Did!
15:05 – Holy Ghost, Descend Upon Your Children
19:13 – Be Filled With The Spirit
20:07 – Set My Spirit Free
21:26 – The Comforter Has Come
26:35 – Beneath Our Lady’s Shadow
35:10 – Come, O Creator Spirit Blest

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Lyrics below:


Veni, creator Spiritus              Come, Creator Spirit,
Mentes tuorum visita,             And with Your visit,
Imple superna gratia,             Fill, with Your grace from above
Quae tu creasti pectora.        These hearts which You have created.

Qui diceris Paraclitus,            You, who are called Counselor,
Donum Dei altissimi,              You are the gift of God the highest,
Fons vivus, ignis, caritas        Fountain of life, Fire of love,
Et spiritalis unctio.                  and spiritual unction.

Tu septiformis munere,          You who have sevenfold roles,
Dextrae Dei tu digitus             Finger of the right hand of God;
Tu rite promissum Patris        You are the rightly promise of the Father
Sermone ditans guttura.         Empower my throat for speaking.

Accende lumen sensibus,      Kindle our senses with light,
Infunde amorem cordibus,      Pour love upon our hearts
Infirma nostri corporis,            That our weak bodies
Virtute firmans perpeti.            May endure, and be confirmed in virtue.

Hostem repellas longius          Drive far away our enemy,
Pacemque dones protinus;     Peace, grant to us
Ductore sic te praevio             So You may guide us as before
Vitemus omne noxium.           And we may avoid all that brings hurt.

Per te sciamus da Patrem     Grant that, through You, let us know the Father,
Noscamus atque Filium,        And the Eternal Son,
Te utriusque Spiritum             And with you both, O Spirit,
Credamus omni tempore.     That we may believe, forever.

Deo Patri sit gloria,                 With God the Father is glory,
Et Filio, qui a mortuis              And the Son, who, from the dead,
Surrexit, ac Paraclito,             He arose! And the Paraclete
In saeculorum saecula.          For ever and ever,


Public Domain

Arlene Friesen

Come, O come, and fill this temple.
Fill this temple with the glory of the Lord
Come, O come, and fill this temple.
Fill this temple with the glory of the Lord.

Lord we wait, with open arms
We’re hungry for Your touch
Lord, we worship now Your Name, O Jesus
Forgive us Lord, for grieving You
Pour down, Your heart anew
With the fire and the zeal of Pentecost!

Public Domain


Every time I, feel the Spirit
Movin’ in my heart, I will pray.
Every time I, feel the Spirit
Movin’ in my heart, I will pray.

Upon the mountain, when my Lord spoke
Out of His mouth came fire and smoke;
Looked all around me, it looked so fine,
Till I asked my Lord if it were mine.

Oh I have sorrows, and I have woe
And I have heartaches here below;
But my God leads me, I’m in His care.
And I can feel Him everywhere.

Copyright Unknown

Author Unknown

Lord, I need Your Holy Spirit
Breathe into this heart of mine
And possess my inmost being
And give me, Lord, a heart like Thine.

Copyright Unknown


I asked the Lord, that He’d show up,
Yes, I did, Yes, I did!
He came and filled my empty cup,
Yes, He did, Yes, He did!

I can tell the world about this
I can tell the nations, I’m blest
Tell them that Jesus made me whole
And He brought joy, joy, joy, to my soul!

He took my feet from the miry clay,
Yes, He did, Yes, He did!
And placed them on the Rock to stay,
Yes, He did, Yes, He did!

My Lord, did just what he said,
Yes, He did, Yes, He did!
He healed the sick and raised the dead.
Yes, He did, Yes, He did!

Public Domain

Frederick W. Faber (1814-1863)
PARACLETE Bernard Tours (b. 1835)
New arrangement by Nick Alexander

Holy Ghost, descend upon Your children
Grant us grace, and make us Thine
Your tender fires, within us kindle.
Blessed Spirit! Dove divine!

1. For all within us good and holy
Is from You, Your precious gift,
In all our joys and all our sorrows,
Wistful hearts, to You we lift.

2. For You to us are ever nearer,
Ever closer in Your love.
So gentle, patient, and forbearing
Holy Spirit, heav’nly Dove!

How we’ve grieved You, gracious Spirit
Wayward, wanton, cold are we;
Still our sins, new every morning,
Never yet have wearied Thee.

3. Now, let our hearts be not deceived,
Let us take You as our Lord!
O dearest Spirit! Make us faithful
To Your least and lightest Word.

New arrangement Copyright (c) 2014 by Nick Alexander

Author Unknown

Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves
In Psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs,
Singing and making melody
In your heart to the Lord.

Copyright unknown.

Author Unknown

Set my Spirit free, that I may worship Thee
Set my Spirit free, that I may praise Your Name.
Let all bondage go, and let deliverance flow.
Set my Spirit free to worship Thee.

Public Domain

William J. Kirkpatrick, Frank Bottome (1870)

O spread the tidings round, wherever man is found
Wherever human hearts and human woes abound;
Let ev’ry Christian tongue proclaim the joyful sound:
The Comforter has come!

The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come
The Holy Ghost from heav’n,
The Father’s promise giv’n;
O spread the tidings round, wherever man is found
The Comforter has come!

O boundless love divine, How shall this tongue of mine,
To wond’ring mortals tell the matchless grace divine,
That I, a child of hell, should in His image shine!
The Comforter has come!

Public Domain

Frederick W. Faber (1814-1863), alt.
Wolfgang A. Mozart .
Arrangement by Nick Alexander

1.Beneath Our Lady’s shadow
Were the Chosen of her Son
As they had pray’d in the upper room
Her pow’r and Spirit shone.
Her Son had left that heart to them;
For ten long nights and days.
The Savior gone, no Spirit come
She ruled their infant ways.

2. Queen of the Church! Around her shines,
The purest light of heav’n
And all created things to her,
As her domain’s been given!
Why does she wait, then, so abashed
Wrapt in ecstatic fear,
Speechless with adoration, hushed
As thought our God was near.
Was near. Was near.

Behold, He comes!
That mighty Breath from heav’ns eternal shores.

3. Earth quakes before that rushing blast,
Heav’n echoes back the sound,
And mightily the tempest wheels
That Upper Room around.
One moment and the Spirit hung
O’er her with dread desire;
Then broke upon the heads of all
In cloven tongues of fire.
Of fire. Of fire.

Who knows, just what
A sea of love Our Lady’s heart He drown’d?
Or what, new gifts
He gave her then? What ancient gifts He crown’d?

4. What gifts He gave those chosen men
Past ages can display;
E’en more their vigor still inspires
The weakness of today.
Those tongues still speak within our Church
That Fire is undecay’d;
Its wellspring was that Upper Room
Where Mary sat and pray’d.

Let us fall and worship Him
Consubstantial Breath of God
Humble Spirit, Holy God!
Sweet Your Presence be!

You’re the coeternal One
Love ‘tween Father and the Son
Jesus’ death has been our gain
As long as we have Thee!

5. Like Mary, You came to Your Church
With Your unfailing Pow’r.
Like them, descend on us with grace
Like them, descend on us with grace
Like them, descend on us with grace
In this very hour.

New arrangement copyright (c) 2014 by Nick Alexander


Veni Creator Spiritus 9th century
Tr. by Edward Caswall, 19th cent.
New arr. by Nick Alexander

1. Come, O Creator Spirit Blest
And in our souls take up Thy rest
Come with Thy grace and heav’nly aid
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made

2. Kindle our senses from above
And make our hearts o’erflow with love
With patience firm and virtue high
The weakness of our flesh supply

Great Paraclete! O Fount of Life!
O Sweet Anointing from above!
O Highest Gift, of God Most High!
To Thee we cry, Fire of Love!

3. Far from us drive the foe we dread
And grant us Thy true peace instead
So shall we not, with Thee for guide
Turn from the path of life aside.

4. Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know
And Thee thru endless times confess’d
Of both th’eternal Spirit blest.

5. All glory, while the ages run
Be to the Father and the Son
Who rose from death: the same to Thee,
O Holy Ghost eternally.

Copyright (c) 2001 by Nick Kleszczewski Music

All songs are either in the public domain, or have been used by permission.

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[Poll] Favorite Pentecost Hymns/Worship Songs?

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We are now in the Easter Season.  Pentecost is coming soon. Pentecost is the traditional celebration as to the birth of the Church, when the Holy Spirit (which Jesus had promised to His followers) descended upon those in the upper room, giving them power to evangelize and to heal.

I am preparing a music resource that will employ the use of many traditional hymns and current worship songs to celebrate the events that occurred in Acts 2. My question is: What are your favorite traditional hymns and praise choruses for Pentecost?

The first section of songs are all in the public domain. The second section of songs are not.  They are culled from every resource I have at my disposal–ccli.com, hymnary.org, and the many songbooks, hymnals and various missallette publishing resources.  They cut across all denominations.

I need your help, so to ascertain which songs people are hungry for, and which songs are blind spots.  I am discovering there’s so many riches in our Christian faith, we can truly benefit from making these songs our own.  Your assistance will ensure that we can help discover anew our heritage and grow from these songs.

Thank you for participating!

Pentecost Hymns/Songs Survey

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043: Easter-rific Extended Worship Set. Happy Resurrection Day!


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The Prayer Meeting Podcast is a worship podcast where you are invited to sing, play along, or just listen. Music notation of these songs will be available shortly. This week’s episode is an extended worship jam based on the songs of Easter Sunday. Many of these songs were based upon a detailed survey that many of you answered.

2:27 Eternal King Of Realms On High
5:08 The Strife Is O’er
7:18 The Grave Now Is Empty
8:57 At The Name Of Jesus
13:05 Christ The Lord Is Ris’n Today
14:26 King Of Kings (Hallelujah Chorus)
18:53 O Sons And Daughters
24:06 Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts And Voice
26:05 He Is Lord
28:05 Alleluia! Sing To Jesus
31:41 I Know That My Redeemer Lives
32:50 Jesus Christ Is Alive Today
36:48 All Hail, Dear Conqueror All Hail!
38:35 Thou Art The Resurrection
41:13 Crown Him With Many Crowns
43:31 Yours Be The Glory

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Lyrics below:

Rex Sempiterne caelitum.
Latin 6th c. Tr. by Ronald Knox (P.D.)

1. Eternal King of realms on high
Maker of all our thought can span
Who with the Father equally
Didst reign before the worlds began

2. Thou, craftsman of that primal day,
Thy image gavest to a Son
Whose spirit pure with baser clay
Mysteriously was joined in one.

3. Anon, when Satan’s envious will
Had warped our nature, thou didst take
This mortal flesh, with sovereign skill
The form Thou madest to remake.

4. Thou camest from a Virgin’s womb
A grave, new sealed, is now thy bed
Thou bid’st us, buried in thy tomb
Rise with thy rising from the dead.

5. Eternal Shepherd, thou thy sheep
Dost in baptismal waters dye;
Here let our hearts their nature steep
Here let our vices buried lie.

6. By that dear stream of life-blood spilt,
Nailed to the Cross thyself hast paid
The full requital of our guilt
So well deserved, so long delayed.

7. Jesus our joy in Paschal days
Could but that joy outlast the year!
Let not the souls thy love doth raise
In sin’s corruption persevere.

8. Praise we the Father, praise the Son
Who rose again from death this night
And Holy Ghost for ever one
With them in uncreated light.

Symphonia Sirenum, Cologne, 1695
Tr. Francis Pott (1861)
Tune: VICTORY (Palestrina 1591)
Adapted by William H. Monk (1861)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

1. The strife is o’er, the battle done;
The victory of life is won;
The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia!

2. The powers of death have done their worst;
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: Alleluia!

3. The three sad days are quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead;
All glory to our risen Head! Alleluia!

4. He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
Let hymns of praise His triumphs tell! Alleluia!

5. Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free,
That we may live, and sing to Thee: Alleluia!

Author Unknown

The grave now is empty
The stone has rolled away
And Christ is alive in my heart.
The death that He conquered
For me has no part
For Christ is alive in my heart.

Caroline M. Noel (1870)
alt. melody by Nick Alexander

1. At the name of Jesus,
every knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess Him
King of Glory now;
’Tis the Father’s pleasure
We should call Him Lord,
Who from the beginning
Was the mighty Word.

2. Humbled for a season,
To receive a name
From the lips of sinners
Unto whom He came,
Faithfully He bore it,
Spotless to the last,
Brought it back victorious
When from death He passed.

3. Bore it up triumphant
with its human light,
Through all ranks of creatures,
to the central height,
To the throne of Godhead,
to the Father’s breast;
Filled it with the glory
The glory of that perfect rest.

4. Name Him, Christians, name Him,
with love strong as death
But with awe and wonder,
and with bated breath!
He is God the Savior,
He is Christ the Lord,
Ever to be worshipped,
trusted and adored.

5. In your hearts enthrone Him;
There let Him subdue
All that is not holy,
All that is not true;
Crown Him as your captain
In temptation’s hour;
Let His will enfold you
Enfold you in its light and power.

6. Know that this Lord Jesus
Shall return again,
With His Father’s glory,
with His angel train;
For all wreaths of empire
meet upon His brow,
And our hearts confess Him
King of Glory now.

Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
LLANFAIR, 77 77 w alleluias
Robert Williams, 1781-1821

1. Christ the Lord is ris’n to day, Alleluia!
Sons of Men and Angels say! Alleluia!
Raise your Joys and Triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye Heav’ns, and Earth, reply. Alleluia!

2. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O Death, is now your sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our Souls to save; Alleluia!
Where’s your Victory, O Grave?” Alleluia!

3. Hail, the Lord of Earth and Heav’n! Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be giv’n! Alleluia!
Thee we greet Triumphant now Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection–thou! Alleluia!

4. King of Glory! Soul of bliss! Alleluia!
Everlasting Life is this– Alleluia!
Thee to know–thy Pow’r to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love. Alleluia!

George Frederick Handel
Arr. by Nick Alexander

King of kings,
Forever and ever,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
And Lord of lords,
Forever and ever,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

King of kings,
Forever and ever,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
And Lord of lords,
Forever and ever,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

King of kings,
Forever and ever,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
And Lord of lords!

King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Jean Tisserand; Tr. J. M. Neale
Melchior Vulpius, c. 1615

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

O sons and daughters, let us sing!
The King of heaven, the glorious King,
O’er death today rose triumphing. Alleluia!

That night the apostles met in fear;
Amidst them came their Lord most dear,
And said, “My peace be on all here.” Alleluia!

When Thomas first the tidings heard,
How they had seen the risen Lord,
He doubted the disciples’ word. Alleluia!

“My pierced hands, O Thomas, see;
My hands, my feet, I show to thee;
Not faithless, but believing be.” Alleluia!

No longer Thomas then denied,
He saw the feet, the hands, the side;
“Thou art my Lord and God,” he cried. Alleluia!

How blest are they who have not seen,
And yet whose faith has constant been,
For they eternal life shall win. Alleluia!

On this most holy day of days,
To God your hearts and voices raise,
In laud, and jubilee, and praise. Alleluia!

Christopher Wordsworth, 1862, alt.
Thomas J. Williams, 1890, P.D.

1. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Hearts and voice to heavenward raise:
Sing to God a hymn of gladness,
Sing to God a hymn of praise:
He, Who on the cross a victim,
For the world’s salvation bled,
Jesus Christ, the King of glory,
Now is risen from the dead.

2. Now the iron bars are broken,
Christ from death to life is born,
Glorious life, and life immortal,
On this holy Easter morn:
Christ has triumphed, and we conquer
By His mighty enterprise,
We with Him to life eternal
By His resurrection rise.

3. Christ, Thou-risen, we pray thusly:
Shed upon us heavenly grace,
Rain and dew and gleams of glory
From the brightness of Thy face:
That, with hearts in heaven dwelling,
We on earth may fruitful be,
And by angel-hands be gathered,
And be ever, Lord, with Thee.

Author Unknown

He is Lord, He is Lord
He is risen from the dead and He is Lord
Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord.

You are Lord, You are Lord
You have risen from the dead and You are Lord
Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord.

W. Chatterton Dix (1866)
Rowland Hugh Prichard (1830)

1. Alleluia! sing to Jesus!
His the sceptre, His the throne;
Alleluia! His the triumph,
His the victory alone:
Hark! the songs of peaceful Sion
Thunder like a mighty flood;
Jesus, out of every nation
Has redeemed us by His blood.

2. Alleluia! not as orphans
Are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us,
Faith believes, nor questions how:
Though the cloud from sight received Him,
When the forty days were o’er:
Shall our hearts forget His promise,
“I am with you evermore”?

3. Alleluia! King eternal,
Thee the Lord of lords we own;
Alleluia! born or Mary,
Earth Thy footstool, heaven Thy throne:
Thou within the veil hast entered,
Robed in flesh, our great High-Priest;
Thou on earth both Priest and Victim
In the Eucharistic feast.

Samuel Medley (1775)
John Hatton, 1793

1. I know that my Redeemer lives,
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead,
He lives, my everlasting Head.

2. He lives, triumphant from the grace,
He lives, eternally to save;
He lives, all-glorious in the sky,
He lives, exulted there on high.

3. He lives to crush the pow’rs of hell,
He lives that he may in me dwell,
He lives to heal and make me whole
He lives to guard my feeble soul.

4. He lives my kind, my heavenly friend,
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while he lives I’ll sing,
He lives my Prophet, Priest and King.

Author Unknown

Jesus Christ is alive today
We know we know it’s true
Sov’reign of the universe
We give Him homage due
Seated there at God’s right hand
We are with Him in the promised land.
Jesus lives and reigns in you,
That’s how we know it’s true.

Tune: Victor Rex
R.R. Terry (alt).

All hail, dear Conqueror, all hail
Oh what a victory is Thine
How beautiful Thy strength appears
Thy crimson Wounds, how bright they shine.

You came out at the dawn of day
Armies of souls around You were
Blest spirits thronging to adore
Your Flesh so marvelous, so fair.

The everlasting Godhead lay
Shrouded within those Limbs divine
Nor left untenanted one hour
That sacred human Heart of Thine.

They worshipped Thee, those ransomed souls
With the fresh strength of love set free;
O sin, you’ve been undone by love
O death, tell me, where is your sting?

They worshipped, while the beauteous soul
Paused by the Body’s wounded Side
Bright flashed, the cave before them stood
The living Jesus glorified.

Author Unknown

Thou art the resurrection and the life
All that believeth in Thee though they be dead
Yet shall he live; yes shall he live and
Whosoever liveth and believeth in Thee
Shall never, never die
Shall never, never die.

Matthew Bridges (1851)
George J. Elvey (1868)
1. Crown Him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark how the heav’nly anthem drowns
All music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity.

2. Crown Him the Lord of Love,
Behold His hands and side,
Rich wounds, yet visible above,
In beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky
Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends their wond’ring eyes
At mysteries so bright.

3. Crown Him the Lord of Life,
Who triumphed o’er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife
For those He came to save.
His glories now we sing
Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring
And lives that death may die.

4. Crown Him the Lord of heav’n,
Enthroned in worlds above,
Crown Him the King to whom is giv’n
The wondrous name of Love.
Crown Him with many crowns
As thrones before him fall;
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns,
For He is King of all.

Edmond Louis Budry
Tr. by Richard Birch Hoyle
George Frederick Handel

1. Yours be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
Endless is Your victory, which o’er death You’ve won;
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes where Your body lay.

Yours be the glory, risen conqu’ring Son,
Endless is Your vict’ry,
Which o’er death You’ve won.

2. Now, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
For her Lord now lives, and, death hath lost its sting.

3. No more we doubt You, glorious Prince of life;
Life’s nothing without You; aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conqu’rors,
through Your deathless love:
Bring us safe through Jordan to Your home above.

Adapted by David Bennett
from Nisibene Hymn 36:17,18,
by St. Ephrem the Syrian
O Jesus, King,
receive my supplication,
and consider my supplication,
as a pledge to You.
For you, O living King,
have gone forth and gone up,
out of Hell,
as Conqueror.

Woe to those who have rejected you;
For, to evil spirits and demons,
You are sorrow,
to Satan and to Death,
You are pain,
To Sin and Hell,
You are mourning.

Yet, joy has come today,
for those who are born anew.
On this great day therefore,
We give great glory to You,
who died and is now alive,
that to all you may give
life and resurrection!

Source: http://www.faithandworship.com/prayers_Easter.htm#ixzz2zGyfnO1B
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St. Gregory the Great

It is only right, with all the powers of our heart and mind,
to praise You Father and Your Only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ:

Dear Father, by Your wondrous
condescension of loving-kindness toward us, Your servants,
You gave up Your Son.

Dear Jesus, You paid the debt of Adam for us to the Eternal Father by Your Blood poured fourth in loving-kindness.
You cleared away the darkness of sin

By Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection.
You broke the bonds of death and rose from the grave as a Conqueror.
You reconciled heaven and earth.

Our life had no hope of eternal happiness before You redeemed us.
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins, restored our innocence and brought us joy.

How inestimable is the tenderness of Your love!

St. Hippolytus (AD 190-236)

Christ is Risen: The world below lies desolate
Christ is Risen: The spirits of evil are fallen
Christ is Risen: The angels of God are rejoicing
Christ is Risen: The tombs of the dead are empty
Christ is Risen indeed from the dead, the first of the sleepers,
Glory and power are his forever and ever


God of Promise and God of Hope,
who through your great mercy have granted us new birth
through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
we praise your wonderful name!

God of Glory and God of Might
who through your great power have granted us new strength
to endure all things through faith in Christ our risen King,
we praise your wonderful name!

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Douay-Rheims Translation

Praise ye the Lord in his holy places: praise ye him in the firmament of his power.
Praise ye him for his mighty acts: praise ye him according to the multitude of his greatness.
Praise him with sound of trumpet: praise him with psaltery and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and choir: praise him with strings and organs.
Praise him on high sounding cymbals: praise him on cymbals of joy: let every spirit praise the Lord. Alleluia.

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