Christ…raised from the dead.@Romans 6:9

Frank­lin Hun­ter, 2004–05 (pub­lic do­main).

Ju­das Mac­ca­bae­us George F. Han­del, 1747 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George F. Handel (1685–1759)

The last verse and chor­us were com­posed on Good Fri­day, 9 Ap­ril 2004, and first sung in this form in Down­pat­rick Bap­tist Church, N. Ire­land, on Eas­ter Sun­day, 11 April 2004. The mu­sic is so ma­jes­tic and tri­umph­ant that to leave it as a sin­gle verse didn’t sa­ti­sfy the heart, so the first three vers­es have been added to­day, 17 Feb­ru­ary 2005.

Franklin Hunter

Great God and Saviour, on this Easter day
Gathered in Thy presence, we Thy children pray;
Make our praises incense, waft them all around
As we lift our voices, this the joyful sound:

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We’re here to praise You, Resurrection Day
Fill us with Your Spirit, speak, O Lord, we pray.

Angels announce Him, Jesus is the Lord and Christ
Source of our redemption, centre of our tryst;
He the Way has opened so that sinners we
Find through Him our pardon, peace and purity.

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Death hides no terrors, naught can separate
Thou the conqu’ring Saviour we appreciate;
Worshipping before Thee, in Thy righteousness
Thy death hath procured this, Thee we gladly bless.

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Here then is Jesus, sound His praises long,
Blend them all together, sing them in a song.
Make them loud and joyful, Resurrection Day
Christ is all victorious, nothing more to pay.

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