The Day of Resurrection

The day of resurrection!
Earth, tell it out abroad;
The Passover of gladness,
The Passover of God.
From death to life eternal,
From earth unto the sky,
Our Christ hath brought us over,
With hymns of victory.

Our hearts be pure from evil,
That we may see aright
The Lord in rays eternal
Of Resurrection light;
And listening to His accents,
May hear, so calm and plain,
His own “All hail!” and, hearing,
May raise the victor strain.

Now let the heavens be joyful!
Let earth her song begin!
The round world keep high triumph,
And all that is therein!
Let all things seen and unseen
Their notes in gladness blend,
For Christ the Lord hath risen,
Our joy that hath no end.

Words: St. John of Damascus, 8th Century; tr. John Mason Neale, 1862.
Tune:Ellacombe” Würt­tem­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1784; adapt. and harm. William H. Monk, 1868.

Here is St. John of Damascus’ original Greek text:

Αναστάσεως ημέρα λαμπρυνθώμεν Λαοί, Πάσχα Κυρίου, Πάσχα, εκ γάρ θανάτου πρός ζωήν, καί εκ γής πρός ουρανόν, Χριστός ο Θεός, ημάς διεβίβασεν, επινίκιον άδοντας.

Καθαρθώμεν τάς αισθήσεις, καί οψόμεθα, τώ απροσίτω φωτί τής Αναστάσεως, Χριστόν εξαστράπτοντα, καί, Χαίρετε, φάσκοντα, τρανώς ακουσόμεθα, επινίκιον άδοντες.

Ουρανοί μέν επαξίως ευφραινέσθωσαν, γή δέ αγαλλιάσθω, εορταζέτω δέ κόσμος, ορατός τε άπας καί αόρατος, Χριστός γάρ εγήγερται, ευφροσύνη αιώνιος.


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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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