His Cheering Message From The Grave

This hymn is used in multiple breviaries during Eastertide, however the translation below does not conform to any of the original Latin Breviary texts in how it is broken up and therefore I have not listed them here. It is listed in the English Hymnal as the Morning Office Hymn for the Book of Common Prayer from Low Sunday (In Full) until Ascension.

This is the original text of this hymn as it appears in The English Hymnal (1906):


His cheering message from the grave
An Angel to the women gave:
‘Full soon your Master ye shall see;
He goes before to Galilee.’

But while with flying steps they press
To bear the news, all eagerness,
Their Lord, the living Lord, they meet,
And prostrate fall to kiss his feet.

So when his mourning followers heard
The tidings of that faithful word,
Quick went they forth to Galilee,
Their loved and lost once more to see.


On that fair day of Paschal joy
The sunshine was without alloy,
When to their very eyes restored
They looked upon the risen Lord.

The wounds before their eyes displayed
They see in living light arrayed,
And that they see they testify
In open witness fearlessly.

O Christ, the King of gentleness,
Our several hearts do thou possess,
That we may render all our days
Thy meed of thankfulness and praise.

Maker of all, to thee we pray,
Fulfil in us thy joy to-day;
When death assails, grant, Lord, that we
May share thy Paschal victory.

To thee who, dead, again dost live,
All glory, Lord, thy people give;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

Words: Ascr. St. Ambrose, 4th C.; tr. Thomas A. Lacey, 1906.
Tune: “Aurora Lucis Rutilat” Gregorian Chant, Mode VIII, traditional.*
Alternate Tune (The English Hymnal): “Solemnis Haec Festivitas” Angers Church melody.

*The English Hymnal gives a chant tone in Mode VIII for Part 1 and a tone in Mode IV for Part 2. I am uncertain where a recording of these tones might be.

The original Latin text of this hymn (Sermone Blando Angelus) may be found here.

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