Two resurrection hymns

Here are two resurrection hymns for Easter Day. The first The desolate Messiah is in the new Methodist church hymnbook Singing the Faith at number 283. An alternative tune to the one in the book is available at Desolate Messiah Olds. It’s written by my friend Len Olds.

 

The desolate Messiah dies

spread out upon the cross:

unwanted by the earth he made,

Death’s trophy to the world displayed

and, as the final scene is played,

all hope is lost.

 

The disregarded Christ hangs high

as nations turn away.

How can a king be weak in power

and leave earth in its crisis hour?

And how will liberation flower

or Death give way?

 

Yet silently, as morning breaks,

the risen Lord is found.

A battle fought beyond the grave

has ended with a shout: ‘He saves!’

and Life walks from a borrowed cave,

now holy ground.

 

Beneath the shadow of his cross

the Church of Christ must stand,

and hold a holy mystery:

that death means life at Calvary

and grace has won the victory

for all the world.

Copyright © Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare, 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG www.songsolutions.org

 

This second hymn is sung to Church Triumphant, often used for Born by the Holy Spirit’s Breath.

 

The day of resurrection dawns

as angels wait beside the grave;

not to awake a sleeping world

but waiting to declare: “He saves”

 

For women in the early light

and men hid in an upper room,

where grief has blotted out the hope,

a dawning light invades the gloom.

 

So hearts that broke hear cries of joy

as now the angel voices say:

“He has been raised, he is not here,

but goes before you on the way.”

 

Where darkness ruled the Christ light shines:

The Prince of Peace has ransacked death.

His victory is ours by grace,

his freedom claims our every breath.

 

Copyright © Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare, 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG www.songsolutions.org

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