Week 5 – Retuned Hymns for Easter
I’ve posted about this song before but it continues to stoke the glory of Christ in my worship. An ancient latin text by Fortunatus written for holy week services eventually gets translated into english by Augustus Nelson. I found the text in the Trinity Hymnal and paired it with the Shape note tune HOLY MANNA that worked well for Redeemer’s Easter jamboree vibe. The psalter hymnal notes – The text sets forth the gospel of Easter: Christ who died has risen in victory (st. 1), has set us free from sin (st. 2), and has conquered death and hell itself (st. 3); to that confession we respond with our praise-a doxology to the Trinity (st. 4).
LYRICS:1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
Words: Venantius Fortunatus, ca. 530-609
Tr. by Augustus Nelson, 1863-1949
Music: HOLY MANNA 188.8.131.52.D
Attr. to William Moore, 1825
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