...Descended and rose again. by Kyle Ragsdale

This is eclectic, convergent, catholic worship at its best.  A 6th century text originally written for the Holy Week offices of the medieval church we discovered in the Presbyterian ‘Trinity’ hymnal paired with a familiar Southern Harmony tune “Holy Manna.”  We recorded this song very appropriately gathered around one mic.  From the CD ‘Mid All the Traffic‘.  A great Easter romp.


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Praise the Savior now and ever;
Praise him, all beneath the skies;
Prostrate lying suff’ring, dying
On the cross, a sacrifice.
Vict’ry gaining life obtaining
Now in glory he doth rise.


Man’s work faileth, Christ’s availeth;
He is all our righteousness;
He, our Savior, has forever
Set us free from dire distress.
Through his merit we inherit
Light and peace and happiness.


Sin’s bond severed, we’re delivered;
Christ has bruised the serpent’s head;
Death no longer is the stronger
Hell itself is captive led.
Christ has risen from death’s prison;
O’er the tomb he light has shed.


For his favor, praise forever
Unto God the Father sing;
Praise the Savior, praise him ever,
Son of God, our Lord and King.
Praise the Spirit; through Christ’s merit
He doth us salvation bring.

text: Venantius Fortunatus, 6th cent. {more info on}
music: Holy Manna, alt.
arr. Bruce Benedict and Laura Bradham, 2006
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Easter Service 2011 at Christ the King

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  1. Thank you once again, Bruce, for your blog. I enjoyed reading your church’s Easter worship guide and would love to hear the definition of the “CTK Spontaneous Choir” — sounds intriguing!

    1. Thanks Tamara. kind word. I had to be gone for a large chunk of holy week so I decided to have a ‘spontaneous’ choir this year. I emailed my singers the music for “Were You There” and asked them to rehearse some at home. Then we rehearsed for about 15 min. before church and then led off the service with the last two verses a capella. groups of 4 dispersed around the sanctuary. i think it worked well.

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