- Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn (Today the Son of God triumphs) BWV 630 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
- Andante (from ‘Organ Concerto in g Op. 4 No. 1’) – G. F. Handel (1685-1758)
- Opening Hymn 203 “Christ the Lord is risen today” (Easter Hymn)
- Introit: “Terra tremuit” – William Byrd (1539/40-1623)
The earth trembled and was still, when God arose in judgment, alleluia.
- Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24 (Tone VI)
- Gospel Alleluia
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
now above the sky he's King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Choir: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
therefore let us keep the feast.
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
- Offertory Hymn 205 “The day of resurrection” (Ellacombe)
- Anthem: “Hallelujah, Amen” (from ‘Judas Maccabeus’) – G. F. Handel (1685-1758)
- Communion Hymn 48 “Let all mortal flesh keep silence” (Picardy)
- Communion Motet: “Now the green blade rises” – 15th C. French, arranged by Martin Shaw
- Closing Hymn 216 “Ye choirs of new Jerusalem” (St. Fulbert)
The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad;
the Passover of gladness, the Passover of God.
From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky,
our Christ hath brought us over, with hymns of victory.
Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal of resurrection light;
and listening to his accents, may hear so calm and plain
his own "All hail!" and, hearing, may raise the victor strain.
Now let the heavens be joyful! Let earth her song begin!
The round world keep high triumph, and all that is therein!
Let all things seen and unseen their notes in gladness blend,
for Christ the Lord is risen, our joy that hath no end.
O Judah, rejoice, in songs divine,
With cherubim and seraphim harmonious join.
Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to us approacheth, our full homage to demand.
King of kings, yet born of Mary, as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture, in the body and the blood,
he will give to all the faithful his own self for heavenly food.
Rank on rank the host of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.
At his feet the six-wing-ed seraph, cherubim, with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, Lord most high!”
The text of this carol can be found at #237 in the blue hymnbook.
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem, your sweetest notes employ,
the Paschal victory to hymn in strains of holy joy.
For Judah's Lion bursts his chains, crushing the serpent's head;
and cries aloud through death's domains to wake the imprisoned dead.
Devouring depths of hell their prey at his command restore;
his ransomed hosts pursue their way where Jesus goes before.
Triumphant in his glory now to him all power is given;
to him in one communion bow all saints in earth and heaven.
All glory to the Father be, all glory to the Son,
all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee, while endless ages run.
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