January 1, 2013

Jesus Christ is Ris'n Today / Surrexit Christus Hodie

Praise to God the Son, Our King. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is Ris'n Today is based upon the 14th cen­tu­ry Bo­hem­i­an La­tin car­ol, Sur­rex­it Christ­us Ho­die (see below) by an unknown author. A popular setting of the Latin text (see 2nd video) was composed by Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654). An English translation of the first stanza set to the anonymous tune: Easter Hymn, first appeared in the Lyra Da­vid­i­ca (1708) of John Walsh. Stan­zas 2-3 were added by John Arnold (1720-1792)  in 1749, and William M. Reynolds (1812-1876) added the 4th in 1860. In 1739, Charles Wesley (1707-1788) wrote another version and set it to a different tune. It is included as Hymn #120 in the Office. In the Liturgy of the Hours, Jesus Christ is Risen Today is used at Easter.

Tune: Easter Hymn

JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY by John Arnold, John Walsh, William M. Reynolds (Public Domain)

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. Praise to God the Father sing, Alleluia.
Praise to God the Son our King, Alleluia.
Praise to God the Spirit be, Alleluia.
Now and through eternity, Alleluia.

Surrexit Christus Hodie (with Alleluias) by Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)

SURREXIT CHRISTUS HODIE by Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)

Surrexit Christus hodie. Alleluia!
Humano pro solamine. Alleluia!
In hoc Paschali gaudio. Alleluia!
Benedicamus Domino. Alleluia!
Mortem qui passus pridie. Alleuia!
Miserrimo pro homine. Alleuia! 
Laudetur sancta Trinitas. Alleluia!
Deo dicamus gratias. Alleluia!

SURREXIT CHRISTUS HODIE (14th Cen­tu­ry, anonymous)

1. Surrexit Christus hodie
Humano pro solamine.
Mortem qui passus pridie
Miserrimo pro homine. 

2. Mulieres ad tumulum
Dona ferunt aromatum,
Album cernentes angelum
Anuntiantes gaudium.

3. Mulieres o tremulae,
In Galilaeam pergite,
Discipulis hoc dicite,
Quod surrexit rex gloriae.

4. Ubique praecedet suos,
Quos dilexit, discipulos.
Sit benedictus hodie,
Qui nos redemit sanguine. 

5. Ergo cum dulci melodo
Benedicamus Domino.
Laudetur sancta trinitas,
Deo dicamus gratias.

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