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That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright   5 comments

Resurrection Relief, Worms Cathedral, Worms, Germany

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

The original Latin words date to the 400s, but the English translation is the one in The Hymnal 1940, of The Episcopal Church.  One of the perks of being an Episcopalian is using a hymnal that contains truly ancient hymns.


1.  That Easter day with joy was bright,

the sun shone out with fairer light,

when, to their longing eyes restored,

the apostles saw their risen Lord.

2.  His risen flesh with radiance glowed;

his wounded hands and feet he showed;

those scars their solemn witness gave

that Christ was risen from the grave.

3.  O Jesus, King of gentleness,

do thou thyself our hearts possess

that may give thee all our days

the willing tribute of our praise.

4.  O Lord of all, with us abide

in this our joyful Eastertide;

from every weapon death can wield

thine own redeemed for ever shield.

5.  All praise, O risen Lord, we give

to thee, who, dead, again, dost live;

to God the Father equal praise,

and God the Holy Ghost, we raise.

Alleluia, Song of Gladness   7 comments

Ruins of Babylon, 1932

Image Source = Library of Congress

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), The Episcopal Church

The title of the hymn in the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal (1958) is “Alleluia, Song of Sweetness.”

Original words date from the 11th Century, in Latin.  The English translation is that of John Mason Neale (1818-1866).

The Cooke-Denton translation is here.


1.  Alleluia, song of gladness,

Voice of joy that cannot die;

Alleluia is the anthem

Ever dear to choirs on high;

In the house of God abiding

Thus they sing eternally.

2.  Alleluia thou resoundest,

True Jerusalem and free;

Alleluia, joyful mother,

All thy children sing with thee;

But by Babylon’s sad waters

Mourning exiles now we are.

3.  Alleluia we deserve not

Here to chant for evermore;

Alleluia our transgressions

Make us for a while give o’er;

For the holy time is coming

Bidding us our sins deplore.

4.  Therefore in our hymns we pray thee,

Grant us, blessed Trinity,

At the last to keep thine Easter

In our home beyond the sky;

There to thee for ever singing

Alleluia joyfully.

Posted March 5, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Easter, Easter 1800s, The Hymnal 1916 (1918)

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The Hail Mary   24 comments

The Madonna in Sorrow, by Sassoferrato

Image Source = Wikipedia

My preferred post-communion prayer is the Hail Mary.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women,

and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners now at the honor of our death.



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