When I think back to Easters of my childhood, what stands out the most are the hymns we sang on Easter Sunday morning. As a little girl, I couldn't have explained why I loved them so much but now when I look back, I understand that it was the pure joy of the moment.
The songs of Good Friday were beautiful and appropriately solemn, but on Easter Sunday everyone sang with gusto. Who could somberly mumble Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! ?
No, we were celebrating our risen Lord and we couldn't keep quiet about it. I get excited just thinking about those old Easter hymns.
I wonder if some of the hymns of my childhood will be familiar to you. I dare you to hum through these lines in my Easter Hallelujah and see if you don't continue singing one or two of them for the rest of the day.
Hosanna, loud hosanna The little children sang;
Through pillared court and temple The lovely anthem rang;
Alas! and did my Saviour bleed, And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head For sinners such as I?
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Easter Song: Hear the bells ringing, they're singing
That you can be born again.
Low in the grave He lay, Jesus, my Saviour!
Waiting the coming day, Jesus, my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes;
Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
Does his successive journeys run;
Awake, my soul, and sing Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King Through all eternity.
How marvelous! how wonderful! And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! how wonderful Is my Saviour's love for me!
We serve a risen Saviour. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
Joy will be singing with gusto from her family room couch this Easter Sunday, along with The Cowboy and Babe. Check out more of her writing at Scraps of Joy.
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna Jennette Threlfall, 1873
Alas! And Did My Saviour Bleed? Isaac Watts, 1707
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Isaac Watts, 1701
Christ the Lord is Risen Today Charles Wesley, 1739
Easter Song Keith Green, 1977
Low in the Grave He Lay Robert Lowry, 1874
Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun Isaac Watts, 1719
Crown Him With Many Crowns Matthew Bridges, 1851
I Stand Amazed in the Presence Charles H. Gabriel, 1905