Sing Resurrection!

Easter Sunday 2020 will be an Easter Sunday like no other before it. We cannot sing the great Easter hymns inside our Parish Church  or Community Centre , but we can sing them in this way…

At 10am on Easter Sunday 12 April 2020 we call on all who want to celebrate the resurrection to go outside and sing Jesus Christ is Risen Today and Thine be the Glory at the top of their voices! You could sing them…in your garden, on your doorstep or like an Italian from your balcony …all of course keeping safe spatial distance.

This is an idea that started here in the Diocese of Durham but has been promoted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, this will be happening across the land let it happen here too. Our fellow churches in Silksworth are also joining.

Our live service, will start with these hymns at 10am, so that if you are viewing you  can step outside and sing at the same time.

Why Jesus Christ is Risen Today and Thine Be the Glory?
They are probably the best loved Easter hymns known by the largest number of people.
They are cheerful, confident and joyful acclamations of resurrection and will be uplifting for other people to hear on Easter morning.

Jesus Christ is Risen Today is very ancient based on a 14th century Latin hymn, but reworked in the Lyra Davidica of 1708, so it is an expression of unity and connects us with all those who have gone before us.

Thine Be the Glory was first written in French (A Toi la Gloire) by the Swiss writer Edmund Budry and connects us with the world wide Church.

What do I need to do?
Please share Sing Resurrection with as many people as possible by social media, email, phone. Invite friends and neighbours in advance to listen out for Sing Resurrection or to join in themselves.

There is a letter produced by CTIBI you can put through your neighbours door to encourage them to join in, or at least explain what we are doing please click here for Microsoft Word – NeighboursLetter  here for PDF NeighboursLetter

The Lyrics are published below along with links to sheet music and you tube videos:

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

1 Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia,
our triumphant holy day; alleluia,
who did once upon the cross; alleluia,
suffer to redeem our loss; alleluia!

2 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!

3 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!

4 Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!
Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

From Surrexit Christus hodie, anon., C14, trans. John Baptist Walsh in Lyra Davidica, 1708

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today Music

Jesús Christ is Risen Today on Youtube

Thine Be The Glory

1 Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where Thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.

2 Lo, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb.
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let His church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting. [Refrain]

3 No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life!!
Life is nought without Thee; aid us in our strife;
make us more than conqu’rors, through Thy deathless love;
bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above. [Refrain]

Thine Be The Glory Music

Thine Be The Glory on YouTube

It would be wonderful if as many as possible could Sing Resurrection at this time when all need to see a light that can never be extinguished.

See yopu tomorrow, we will be Live at 10am on our Facebook Page and will post vidoes to our Online Services Page later in the morning.

Yours in Christ


Art courtesy of Nicholas Markell. Copyrighted.