Week 7 – Global Church Songs for Eastertide
This week as we move towards Pentecost we’ll be featuring a mix of global church songs celebrating the Easter season!
SONG: Christ has Arisen (Tanzania)
I originally heard this at a Calvin Worship Symposium and have incorporated it into my Easter repertoire for the past few years. It’s also in Lift Up Your Hearts hymnal #188. It is a Tanzanian Lutheran hymn, originally in Swahili. You can find the background the the hymn and the Swahili lyrics here. You can perform this in a number of different styles and definitely works well in a solid folk-rock approach. Below you can hear a gospel/choir/world music version from Concordia Publishing house.
1 Mfurahini, haleluya,
msifuni sasa yu hai.
Tumwimbie sote kwa furaha.
Yesu ametoka kaburini.
Kashinda kifo, haleluya;
Haleluya, Yesu yu hai.
1 Christ has arisen, alleluia!
Rejoice and praise him, alleluia!
For our Redeemer burst from the tomb,
even from death, dispelling its gloom.
2 For three long days the grave did its worst
until its strength by God was dispersed.
He who gives life did death undergo,
and in its conquest his might did show.
3 The angel said to them, “Do not fear.
You look for Jesus, who is not here.
See for yourselves the tomb is all bare—
only the grave-clothes are lying there.”
4 “Go spread the news:
he’s not in the grave;
he has arisen this world to save.
Jesus’ redeeming labors are done.
Even the battle with sin is won.”
5 Christ has arisen to set us free.
Alleluia, to him praises be!
Jesus is living! Let us all sing;
he reigns triumphant, heavenly King.
Let us sing praise to him with endless joy;
death’s fearful sting he has come to destroy.
Our sin forgiving, alleluia!
Jesus is living, alleluia!
Words: Bernard Kyamanywa (b. 1938) © 1968 Lutheran Theological College, Makumira, Tanzania, admin. Augsburg Fortress; tr. Howard S. Olson (1922-2010) © 1977 Howard S. Olson, admin. Augsburg Fortress
Here is our post on other resources for celebrating #eastertide