*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs of Faith – April 1, 2018 The Resurrection of Our LordMar 31, 2018
“I am not ashamed to confess publicly that next to theology there is no art which is the equal of music…” Martin Luther, in a letter (1530) to Catholic composer, Ludwig Senfl
Hymns are often the first way we learn to give voice to our faith as children and even those who are not great singers have favorite hymns that they know by heart. You are invited to reflect on this stanza in the week ahead. Use it for prayer, meditation, or in daily devotion. Our prayer and hope is that these hymn stanzas will lift and deepen your faith and encourage your living of that faith in daily works of love and acts of mercy.
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today ELW 365, stanza 1
TUNE: EASTER HYMN
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Every Sunday is a celebration of the Easter story. Throughout the season, we focus on that even more in our hymnody. Dating back to the 14th century, Jesus Christ Is Risen Today is one of the most familiar hymns to Christians today. Each line of this hymn begins with a short seven-syllable phrase, followed by a resounding “Alleluia!”
Acknowledgements: Weekly hymn selections have been adapted from Singing the Songs of Faith: 52 Great Hymn Stanzas created in 2011 by Isobel Davies, Thatcher Lyman, Paul E. Shoop, and Jeremy Shoop. The selection reflects their views and priorities and is a teaching tool in their settings. The original resource is available in electronic form at http://immanuelwebster.org/lutheran/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/52-Great-Hymns_web.pdf