Victimæ Paschali Laudes

This is the Easter Sequence.

Victimæ paschali laudes
immolent Christiani.

Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
reconciliavit peccatores.

Mors et vita duello
conflixere mirando:
dux vitæ mortuus,
regnat vivus.

Dic nobis Maria,
quid vidisti in via?

Sepulcrum Christi viventis,
et gloriam vidi resurgentis:

Angelicos testes,
sudarium, et vestes.

Surrexit Christus spes mea:
præcedet suos in Galilaeam.

Scimus Christum surrexisse
a mortuis vere:
tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere.

Amen.
Alleluia!

Words: Wipo of Burgundy, 1039.
Music:Victimae Paschali Laudes” traditonal chant melody for the Paschal Sequence.

*I highly recommend this recording of the Easter Sequence from Notre Dame de Paris.*

Here is the English text from the translation used in the 1962 Roman Missal:

Christians! to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises.

The Lamb the sheep redeemeth:
Christ who only is sinless,
Reconcileth sinners to the Father.

Death and life have contended
In that context stupendous:
The Prince of Life, who died, deathless reigneth.

Speak, Mary, declaring
What thou sawest wayfaring.

“The tomb of Christ who now liveth:
And likewise the glory of the Risen.

Bright Angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.

Yea, Christ my hope is arisen:
To Galilee He goeth before you.”

We know that Christ is risen
Henceforth ever living:
Have mercy, Victor King, pardon giving.

Amen.
Alleluia!

Tune: Same as above.

This Sequence has been translated into English by Fr. Caswall as “Forth to the Paschal Victim” and has been paraphrased as “Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Leeson).”

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