Easter Music – Classic Hymns: The Strife is O’er – Truro Cathedral Choir

April 23, 2014


For this morning’s Easter musical selection, I’m choosing one of my favorite classic hymns:

The Strife is O’er performed by the Truro Cathedral Choir.

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This version appears on the 2009 album Easter Joy, with 51 hymns and songs by assorted artists.

Here is a pretty close version of the lyrics (there are a few minor differences)

The strife is o’er, the battle done;
Now is the Victor’s triumph won;
Now be the song of praise begun.

2. Death’s mightiest powers have done their worst,
And Jesus hath His foes dispersed;
Let shouts of praise and joy outburst.

3. On the third morn He rose again
Glorious in majesty to reign;
Oh, let us swell the joyful strain!

4. He closed the yawning gates of hell;
The bars from heaven’s high portals fell.
Let songs of praise His triumph tell.

5. Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee.
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free
That we may live and sing to Thee.

Note, as is often the case, the American version of the hymn is somewhat different.

Prayers for Easter Week (the Easter Octave)

April 23, 2014

this is from the Ohio Anglican blog where you can find each day’s lessons & collects:

The Octave of Easter

 ¶ At Morning Prayer, instead of the Venite, the following shall be said, and may be said throughout the Octave.

CHRIST our Passover is sacrificed for us: * therefore let us keep the feast, Not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; * but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Cor. v. 7.

CHRIST being raised from the dead dieth no more; * death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: * but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, * but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. vi. 9.

CHRIST is risen from the dead, * and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, * by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, * even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Cor. xv. 20.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee that, as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

¶ This Collect is to be said daily throughout Easter Week.

MUST READING: Easter Devotional from Fr. Charles Erlandson – How will YOU respond to Jesus’ resurrection?

April 23, 2014

Fr. Charles Erlandson who posts daily devotional reflections at Give Us This Day had an excellent entry on Easter MondayI highly recommend reading it in full and spending some time thinking and praying through this challenging exhortation!

A few excerpts:

What a joyful occasion is Easter: the high point of the Church year – the high point of our lives!

And yet because we are mere humans, weak and sinful, there is a temptation to let Easter pass by one more year without it changing us in any way.  I therefore challenge you this morning – that today, this Easter, this celebration of the Resurrection of your Lord, Jesus Christ, that you do not leave His presence an unchanged person.  […]

But it’s the response found in John 20:10 that most intrigues and teaches me today.  After the central event of Christianity has happened, after the glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ, what do we find the disciples doing?  They go back to own homes.  I’m not sure what they were thinking or doing, but it seems as if they think life will go on as normal, as if the Resurrection makes no practical difference in their lives.

Even after he believed, even after Jesus had appeared to them, in John 21:3, Peter goes back to fishing, apparently not realizing what else he should do (and he doesn’t, fully, until the Day of Pentecost).

Now what if that were the end of the story?  What if the Resurrection happened, and the disciples didn’t notice or really understand?  What if the disciples saw the empty tomb, and heard the testimony of the women – and then acted as if Jesus Christ had not risen from the dead?  How sad for them.  What blessings they would have missed out on!  What tragic lives, to be disciples who could not truly believe.

But Jesus does appear to them, more than once, and now they believe in earnest.  Their lives are transformed, and after the Ascension and the giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost they turn the whole world upside down as they proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ both with their lips and with their lives.  They preach fearlessly and give up their lives for their Master that most of them end up dying the death of a martyr.

And what about you?  […]



An Easter Prayer from Peter Marshall: May we never again live as if Thou were dead!

April 23, 2014

We thank Thee for the beauty of this day, for the glorious message that all nature proclaims:
The Easter lilies with their waxen throats eloquently singing the good news;
The birds, so early this morning, impatient to begin their song;
Every flowering tree, shrub, and flaming bush, a living proclamation from Thee!
Open our hearts that we may hear it too!

Lead us, we pray Thee, to the grave that is empty, into the garden of the Resurrection where we may meet our risen Lord. May we never again live as if Thou were dead! In Thy presence restore our faith, our hope, our joy. Grant to our spirits refreshment, rest, and peace. Maintain within our hearts an unruffled calm, an unbroken serenity that no storms of life shall ever be able to take from us.  From this moment on, O living Christ, we ask Thee to go with us wherever we go; be our Companion in all that we do. And for this greatest of all gifts, we offer Thee our sacrifices of thanksgiving. Amen.
(Peter Marshall)

found at the Biola April 21 devotional

Mt. Soledad

April 23, 2014

From an article in the WSJ on the constitutionality of crosses in war memorials.

The Mount Soledad Memorial Association is now asking the Supreme Court to intervene while the Ninth Circuit considers the group’s appeal. Justices Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy previously have signaled an interest in reviewing it.

The Supreme Court has handled numerous cases concerning religious displays in public. But it has yet to hand down precise instructions on how lower courts should determine when crosses in public settings like war memorials violate the Establishment Clause, a part of the First Amendment that establishes separation between church and state.

Acts 10:1-4 (ESV)

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God.

O Father,

Look with favor on the prayers and the alms of the soldiers of this nation through the centuries.  Have mercy, Lord.  Have mercy.  Amen.


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