Scripture Verse

Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15:20

Introduction

Words: Un­known au­thor, 11th or 12th Cen­tu­ry (Vic­tim­ae Pas­chali). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Jane E. Lee­son in Cath­o­lic Hymns, by Hen­ry Form­by, 1853.

Music: St. George’s Wind­sor George J. El­vey, 1858 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
George J. Elvey
(1816–1893)

Lyrics

Christ the Lord is risen today;
Christians, haste your vows to pay;
Offer ye your praises meet
At the Paschal Victim’s feet.
For the sheep the Lamb hath bled,
Sinless in the sinner’s stead;
Christ is risen, today we cry;
Now He lives no more to die.

Christ, the victim undefiled,
Man to God hath reconciled;
Whilst in strange and awful strife
Met together Death and Life:
Christians, on this happy day
Haste with joy your vows to pay;
Christ is risen, today we cry;
Now He lives no more to die.

Christ, who once for sinners bled,
Now the first born from the dead,
Throned in endless might and power,
Lives and reigns forevermore.
Hail, eternal Hope on high!
Hail, Thou King of victory!
Hail, Thou Prince of life adored!
Help and save us, gracious Lord.