Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter Hymn—Jesus Christ is Risen Today—Murfin Home Confinement Music Festival 2020

Jesus Christ is Risen Today performed by brass ensemble, choir, and Congregation of the First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.

For Easter Sunday we offer you the full church experience.  

The Resurection by Noel Coypel, 1700. 

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today was written in Latin as a Bohemian hymn in the 14th Century by an unknown author titled Surrexit Christus hodie It was first translated into English in 1708 by John Baptist Walsh to be included in his Lyra Davidica (Collection of Divine Songs and Hymns). In 1740 Charles Wesley, one the founders of Methodism added a fourth verse to the hymn. The verses of the hymn were revised in 1749 by John Arnold. The hymn is also noted for having Alleluia as a refrain after every line.  The old Catholic hymn had become a Protestant favorite.
It is set to the melody of Easter Hymn. There was a later version of  Easter Hymn composed by William Henry Monk which is also used for Jesus Christ Is Risen Today. Some denominations just use one while others use both. The hymn is sometimes confused with Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, which was written by Wesley. This is because the wording is similar and Christ the Lord Is Risen Today is usually likewise sung to Easter Hymn.

The First Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln Nebraska.

Today we enjoy the impressive choir and brass ensemble and congregation of the First Plymouth Congregational Church of Lincoln, Nebraska performed in 2013 and arranged by the church’s Associate Minister of Music, Jeremy Bankson.

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