Easter 2014 – Easter Music Series Index

April 26, 2014

Note:  There is an UPDATED version of this index including Easter music posted in 2015.

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It’s not only for the “Easter Octave” (the first week after Easter Sunday) during which I’ll be posting Easter music.  I intend to keep it up the entire 50 days of Eastertide (my schedule and internet connection permitting!).  I thought it would be good to compile an index of all the Easter 2014 Music Series entries so you can go back and find any great songs you might have missed. Songs are grouped by Music Subcategory:

1. CCM Classics for Easter  (CCM from early 70s – early 90s.  Includes artists such as 2nd Chapter of Acts, the Imperials, Keith Green, Dallas Holm, Sandi Patty & Larnelle Harris, DeGarmo & Key, Amy Grant, Michael Card, Benny Hester, Bob Bennett, Leslie Phillips, Glad, Petra…)

2. Easter Hymns & Classical

3. Easter Worship Songs  (Contemporary worship songs from songwriters such as Graham Kendrick, Stuart Townend, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, etc.)

4. “Contemporary CCM”  (CCM songs from the mid-90s to the present, includes artists such as Andrew Peterson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, MercyMe, Mark Schultz, ThirdDay…)

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1. CCM Classics for Easter 

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2. Easter Hymns & Classical

Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia (a Tanzanian hymn – multiple versions posted)

The Strife is O’er, performed by Truro Cathedral Choir

Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands (written by Martin Luther)

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3. Easter Worship Songs

Ben Cantelon, The Same Power

Graham Kendrick, I Know He Lives

Michael W. Smith, All Arise (link to where it can be downloaded)

Elevation Worship, Raised to Life (link to where it can be downloaded)

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4. “Contemporary CCM”

Andrew Peterson, High Noon


CCM Classics for Easter: Keith Green, The Victor

April 26, 2014

Today’s song is perhaps my absolute favorite in my entire Easter playlist…, it may be the reason I even have an Easter playlist…!  Keith Green’s The Victor, and the Second Chapter of Acts’ Easter Song convinced me that contemporary songs have just as much a place in celebrating Easter as the classic hymns we sing in church!

I had the joy and privilege of attending a concert by Keith Green in 1977, just shortly after his first album, For Him Who Has Ears was released.  I’ve been a diehard fan of contemporary Christian music ever since…  Keith’s album For Him Who Has Ears was the second Christian album I ever purchased.

Keith’s never been equalled.  His passion, his absolutely astounding piano playing… what a gift his music was and is to the Body of Christ.  One of his best songs is The Victor, from his second album, No Compromise, released in 1978

Here’s a video of Keith performing the song live in Colorado in 1978:

I’ve posted the lyrics to the song below, following a short excerpt from St. John Chrysostom’s famous Easter sermon, which matches the passion, triumph and excitement of Keith’s song… albeit written many centuries earlier!

Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!
Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

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The lyrics to Keith Green’s The Victor:
descentamongthedead

Swallowed into earth’s dark womb
Death has triumphed, That’s what they say
But try to hold Him in the tomb
The Son of Life rose on the third day

Just look
The gates of hell
They’re falling!
Crumbling from the inside out
He’s bursting through
The walls with laughter (Hah!)
Listen to the angels shout

It is finished
He has done it
Life conquered death
Jesus Christ
Has won it!

His plan of battle
You know it fooled them all
They led Him off to prison to die
But as He entered Hades hall
He broke those hellish chains with a cry

Just listen to those demons screaming
See Him bruise the serpent’s head
The prisoners of Hell
He’s redeeming (Oh!)
All the power of death is dead

Art Credit: Christ’s Descent among the Dead


An Easter Homily from Saint Ephrem of Syria

April 26, 2014

An excerpt from an Easter homily by St. Ephrem the Syrian (ca. 306-373).

Here’s the beginning:

Death trampled our Lord underfoot, but he in his turn treated death as a highroad for his own feet. He submitted to it, enduring it willingly, because by this means he would be able to destroy death in spite of itself. Death had its own way when our Lord went out from Jerusalem carrying his cross; but when by a loud cry from that cross he summoned the dead from the underworld, death was powerless to prevent it.

Death slew him by means of the body which he had assumed, but that same body proved to be the weapon with which he conquered death. Concealed beneath the cloak of his manhood, his godhead engaged death in combat; but in slaying our Lord, death itself was slain. It was able to kill natural human life, but was itself killed by the life that is above the nature of man.

The full text is at Creedal Christian


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