The Joy of all Creation

     An ancient Easter hymn that dates back to the second century

Trembling for joy cries all creation;
What is this mystery so great and new?
The Lord has risen from among the dead,
And Death itself He crushed with valiant foot.
Behold the cruel tyrant bound and chained,
and man made free by Him who rose!

This is what we sing on Saturday night just before the bells start ringing at midnight.

This is the night
which throughout the world
Frees all who believe in Christ
From the vices of their time-shackled existence,
From the lightless dungeon of sin,
and restores them to grace; unites them to holiness.

This is the night
In which Christ broke the chains of death
And rose in radiant victory
From the pit of Hades

And on Easter morning:

Rejoice, heavenly power! Sing choirs of angels!
Exult all creation around God's throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!
Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor,
radiant in the brightness of your King!
Christ has conquered, glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes forever.
The risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
Echoing the mighty song of all God's people.


Sent by Ingrid Schlueter,


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