Thursday, April 5, 2012

Rise, O Buried Lord!

Click HERE to see a fun, energetic arrangement of one of my all-time favorite hymns. Here's their description of this piece:

They say it is darkest just before the dawn. In the story of Jesus' last week, the darkest part is when Jesus is betrayed, beaten, and crucified. The Light of the World is snuffed out. His body lay silent in the tomb while the hopes of the world hang in the balance. But then comes the dawn and the reality that Jesus is risen and this changes everything. "Welcome, Happy Morning!" captures the joy of that first Easter and each one since. From the album, "Rise O Buried Lord," featuring Tyler Anthony of Cereus Bright.

DPC will be singing this great song on Resurrection Morning!

Read the lyrics below. This is a strong, vigorous celebration of the meaning of Christ's resurrection -- which is the heart of the Christian faith. Do we understand all that Jesus accomplished when he unlocked the gates of death and hell -- from the inside -- and walked out of his tomb? Ponder it for a moment. This song is a wonderful guide.


"Welcome, happy morning!"
Age to age shall say:
Hell today is vanquished;
Heaven is won today.
Lo! the Dead is living,
God for evermore!
Him, their true Creator,
All his works adore.

Maker and Redeemer,
Life and health of all,
Thou, from heav'n beholding
Human nature's fall,
Of the Father's Godhead
True and only Son,
Manhood to deliver,
Manhood didst put on.

Thou, of life the author,
Death didst undergo,
Tread the path of darkness,
Saving strength to show;
Come then, true and faithful,
Now fulfil thy word,
'Tis thine own third morning;
Rise, O buried Lord.

Loose the souls long-prisoned,
Bound with Satan's chain;
Thine that now are fallen
Raise to life again;
Show thy face in brightness,
Bid the nations see;
Bring again our daylight;
Day returns with thee.

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