Last year, I wrote this hymn for the Easter Vigil of St. James Anglican Church in Dundas. It was also sung the next morning for the Resurrection Eucharist.
The images from the Great Vigil of Easter, as many of you will know, involve water, darkness and light, to put it simply. Baptisms have often been held at the Vigil, and the great reading of the Exodus of Moses is read. For many years running, I read the story, and it was difficult not to slide into John Cleese-esque “Pharoh, and his chariots, and his chariot drivers.” You can imagine the sound. Not giggling was a requirement, and it was hard.
Anyway, on to the hymn. If you’re interested in using it, please be in touch with me for permission at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you so much for reading this hymn.
commissioned by Eric Osborne and St. James’ Anglican Church, Dundas,
the Venerable Jim Sandilands and the Reverend Bill Mous
for the Great Vigil of Easter, 2009
Great Cascading Alleluias
878787 suggested tune: Westminster Abbey
Great cascading Alleluias
Fill our spirits, warm our hearts.
Jesus Christ is living, Risen,
With the joy new life imparts.
In response we raise our voices
Shouting, “Now our living starts!”
Life, renewed, will change our beings
If we’re open to the call.
Hearts of stone will soften, working,
Pumping love and life for all.
Spirits, too, can be restored when
Love pours like a waterfall.
Resurrection flows like water
River splashing, sweet and pure.
We are sprinkled with the blessing
Living water can assure,
And refresh the trees and grasses
Fruits that feed and leaves that cure.
When we gather ‘round the table
Celebrating love that’s shared
There is Resurrection in the
Words and prayers with care prepared.
Knowing Jesus’ sacrifice, the
Gift that cannot be compared.
Trumpets, voices, organs singing,
Lifting Alleluias high.
First the crowds had palms to wave, and
Then they shouted, “Crucify!”
Now the world has changed forever,
“Christ is Risen” fills the sky!