Hail Thee, Festival Day! (Easter)   5 comments

Women at the Empty Tomb, by Fra Angelico

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940 (1943), The Episcopal Church

Original Latin Words by Saint Venantius Honorius Clementius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers (Died 600/609)

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English words from The English Hymnal (1906), of The Church of England

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Refrain:

Hail thee, festival day!  blest day that art hallowed for ever;

Day whereon Christ arose, breaking the kingdom of death.

1.  Lo, the fair beauty of earth, from the death of the winter arising!

Every good gift of the year now with its Master returns:

Refrain

2.  He who was nailed to the cross is Lord and the ruler of all men;

All things created on earth sing to the glory of God:

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3.  Daily the loveliness grows, adorned with the glory of blossom;

Heaven her gates unbars, flinging her increase of light:

Refrain

4.  Rise from the grave now, O Lord, who art author of life and creation.

Treading the pathway of death, life thou bestowest on man:

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5.  God the All-Father, the Lord, who rulest the earth and the heavens,

Guard us from harm without, cleanse us from evil within:

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6.  Jesus the health of the world, enlighten our minds, thou Redeemer,

Son of the Father supreme, only-begotten of God:

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7.  Spirit of life and of power, now flow in us, fount of our being,

Light that dost lighten all, that in all dost abide:

Refrain

8.  Praise to the Giver of good!  Thou love who art author of concord,

Pour out thy balm on our souls, order our ways in thy peace:

Refrain

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