Monday, March 24, 2008

Resurrexit, Sicut Dixit, Alleluia!


Jaroslav Pelikan once wrote:

If Christ is risen from the dead, nothing else matters.
If Christ is not risen from the dead, nothing else matters.


Yesterday we sang the Easter Sequence, and may do so at all the liturgies of this week:

Christians to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeemeth;
Christ who only is sinless,
Reconcileth sinners to the Father.

Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of Life, who died, reigns immortal.

Speak, Mary, declaring what thou sawest, wayfaring
The tomb of Christ, who is living,
The glory of Jesus' resurrection:
Bright angels attesting,
The shroud and grave clothes resting.
Yea, Christ my hope is arisen:
To Galilee He goes before you.

Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!




Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!