A Compilation of 70 Favorite Easter and Eastertide Hymns

Easter Hymns

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NOTE: This post contains a listing of 70 great Easter hymns, and links to where you can purchase them, as well as links to other good hymn resources, but no audio.  I’ll be posting quite a few of thesehymns here at Lent & Beyond in coming days and weeks…. stay tuned.

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I notice quite a lot of folks coming to L&B looking for Easter Hymns.  I’m a lover of great Easter hymns, but sadly you might not really know it by browsing Lent & Beyond.  In recent years I’ve posted much more CCM and Contemporary worship music than hymns, primarily because my digital collection of hymns and classical music has until now been quite small.

One of the greatest blessings of the internet, iTunes, YouTube, etc., has been the ability to learn and appreciate a much wider diversity of Eastertide hymns.  In my Episcopal parish growing up, we seemed to sing the same 5 or 6 Easter hymns over and over and over again.  And while that repetition made me grow to love them deeply – they became part of me in a sense – I never realized how much I was missing…

For instance, it wasn’t until I was in my late 20s and working in French-speaking West Africa that I learned the fabulous hymn Thine Be the Glory (actually learning it first in French “A Toi la Gloire, O Ressuscité”) – now one of my absolute Easter playlist essentials!

And then of course, there are online hymnals and their Easter hymn collections which make learning new/old hymns easy these days:

With all of these resources to scour for good hymns, I devoted a fair bit of time (and a bit of money) in recent weeks to significantly increase my Easter hymn and classical music collection and creating a great Easter hymns & classical anthems playlist.

So, in case it’s a blessing and encouragement and helpful resource, here is a current list of 70 favorite Easter hymns. For each hymn I provide details for the version that’s in my playlist (artist, album, purchase link). I have not included details on composers, tune or lyrics.  In most cases you will find that information at Hymnary.org or the Cyber Hymnal.

For some hymns, I’ve included links to some alternate versions, including alternate tunes, instrumental versions, or contemporary renditions. There are a few modern hymns included – such as In Christ Alone.  The majority of these hymns are from the Anglican tradition, but I’ve thrown in a few Evangelical / Gospel type hymns as well.  My tastes are broad – any hymn that focuses on the joy and glory of Christ’s resurrection and His victory over death and His redemption of His people is fair game!

I’d love for commenters to add suggestions and tell us about your favorites!  Let’s turn this into an OPEN THREAD about memories of favorite Easter hymns… what songs do you love and why?

Note: this list includes only hymns.  I may try to create a separate post with some favorite recordings of Easter classical music, carols and anthems.

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Below is a list of the Titles and Artists for all the hymns.  Here is a link to the Excel Spreadsheet which will give you full details on the album and a purchase link in the iTunes store (US).

Title,  Artist

  • A toi la gloire, Les petits chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly
  • All Hail the Power – No. 1 [Instrumental – tune: Coronation], The King’s Brass & Tim Zimmerman
  • All Hail the Power (arr. Sterling Procter – tune: Diadem), The Chancel Choir, The Chapel Choir, Broadway Baptist Church and The Oratorio Chorus, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, The Festival Brass
  • Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven, The Choir Of Sheffield Cathedral
  • Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (with handbells), Concordia Publishing House

  • And Can it Be, Steve Green
  • At the Lamb’s High Feast, Jakob Hintze, Johann Sebastian Bach, James Denman & Robert Campbell
  • At the Name of Jesus [King’s Weston], Ralph Vaughan Williams & Caroline Maria Noel
  • Awake , Arise, Lift Up Your Voice (arr. C. Phillips and T. Foster), Beverly Hills All Saints’ Brass Ensemble, Beverly Hills All Saints’ Church Choir & Thomas Foster
  • 10  Because He Lives, Gaither Vocal Band
  • 11  Behold Our God (Live), The Falls Church Anglican (With Jamie Brown)
  • 12  Christ Arose (Low In the Grave He Lay), The London Fox Choir
  • 13  Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia, Concordia Publishing House
  • 14  Christ Is Arisen ~ Jesus Christ Is Risen Today (Medley), Concordia Publishing House
  • 15  Christ Is Risen and Let God Arise, The Byzantine Choir of St. George Orthodox Cathedral
  • 16  Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed, Keith & Kristyn Getty
  • 17  Christ Jesus Lay In Death’s Strong Bands, Concordia Publishing House
  • 18  Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Glad
  • 19  Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Steve Green
  • 20  Christ Triumphant Ever Reigning, Wells Cathedral Choir
  • 21  Come Ye Faithful Raise the Strain (St Kevin) [Instrumental Version], John Keys
  • 22  Come Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain, The Festival Choir and Hosanna Chorus
  • 23  Come, Christians, Join to Sing (arr. Sterling Procter), The Chancel Choir, The Chapel Choir, Broadway Baptist Church and The Oratorio Chorus, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, The Festival Brass
  • 24  Cross Medley: Hallelujah! What a Savior/When I Survey the Wondrous Cross…, Steve Green
  • 25  Crown Him With Many Crowns, Saint Michael’s Singers, Coventry Cathedral
  • 26  Easter Anthem: The Lord is ris’n indeed, Paul Hillier & His Majestie’s Clerkes
  • 27  Easter Medley: Resurrexit Sicut Dixit/ Jesus Christ Is Risen Today/ Alleluia, Let the Holy Anthem Rise/ Ye Sons and Daughters/ Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (feat. Robert Kochis & Seraphim), David Phillips
  • 28  Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise, The Choir of The Abbey School, Tewkesburry
  • 29  Hail Thee Festival Day, Keble College Choir
  • 30  Hail Thee, Festival Day! [Instrumental], William Neil
  • 31  Hail, Easter Bright, The Choir Of Selwyn College
  • 32  He Is Risen, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • 33  He Is Risen [alt tune], The Graduate Choir New Zealand
  • 34  He Lives, Dallas Christian Adult Concert Choir
  • 35  Hosanna, Loud Hosanna [Instrumental], William Neil
  • 36  How Shall I Sing That Majesty (Coe Fen), Wells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer & Rupert Gough
  • 37  I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art, Sovereign Grace Music & Bob Kauflin
  • 38  I Know That My Redeemer Lives. Concordia Publishing House
  • 39  In Christ Alone, Joanne Hogg, Margaret Becker & Máire Brennan
  • 40  Jesus Christ is Risen Today (arr. P. Sjolund), Beverly Hills All Saints’ Church Choir, Craig Phillips, Thomas Foster & Beverly Hills All Saints’ Brass Ensemble
  • 41  Jesus Christ Is Risen Today [Instrumental], John Keys
  • 42  Jesus Lives! Thy Terrors Now (St. Albinus), The Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Barry Rose & John Scott
  • 43  Jesus Paid It All (Live), Sovereign Grace Music & Bob Kauflin
  • 44  Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, Truro Cathedral Choir
  • 45  Jesus the Name High Over All, St. Michael’s Singers
  • 46  Join All the Glorious Names, Steven Anderson
  • 47  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee [instrumental], The King’s Brass & Tim Zimmerman
  • 48  Lift High the Cross (arr. Sterling Procter), The Chancel Choir, The Chapel Choir, Broadway Baptist Church and The Oratorio Chorus, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, The Festival Brass
  • 49  Look Ye Saints the Sight is Glorious, Steven Anderson
  • 50  Love’s Redeeming Work is Done, The Choir of St. Edmunsbury Cathedral
  • 51  Man of Sorrows (Hallelujah, What a Savior!), Steven Anderson
  • 52  My Song Is Love Unknown,  Saint Michael’s Singers, Coventry Cathedral
  • 53  O for a Thousand Tongues (tune: Lyngham), Huddersfield Choral Society
  • 54  O Praise Ye the Lord!, Truro Cathedral Choir
  • 55  O Worship the King (Hanover), Robert Quinney, James O’Donnell & Westminster Abbey Choir
  • 56  Praise Medley: Praise to the Lord the Almighty/Crown Him with Many Crowns/Jesus Shall Reign, Steve Green
  • 57  Praise My Soul the King of Heaven (Live), The Falls Church Anglican (With Jamie Brown)
  • 58  Rejoice, The Lord Is King, John Rutter
  • 59  Sing, Ye Faithful, Sing with Gladness, Craig Phillips, Beverly Hills All Saints’ Church Choir, Camille King & Thomas Foster
  • 60  Siyahamba, Morgan State University Choir & James Abbington
  • 61  The Day of Resurrection, The Choir Of Gloucester Cathedral
  • 62  The Risen Christ (Doxology), Joanne Hogg, Kristyn Getty & Margaret Becker
  • 63  The Strife Is O’er [with organ & brass] (arr. B. Neswick), Craig Phillips, Beverly Hills All Saints’ Brass Ensemble, Beverly Hills All Saints’ Church Choir & Thomas Foster
  • 64  The Strife Is O’er the Battle Done, Truro Cathedral Choir
  • 65  There Is Power In the Blood, Bill & Gloria Gaither
  • 66  Thine Be The Glory,   Choir Of King’s College, Cambridge
  • 67  Thine is the Glory [instrumental], The King’s Brass & Tim Zimmerman
  • 68  This Joyful Eastertide, The Choir of Manchester Cathedral
  • 69  To God Be the Glory, The Harding University Concert Choir
  • 70  Victory In Jesus, Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet
  • 71  Welcome, Happy Morning, St. Bartholomews Church (link is to a YouTube recording, I’ve not been able to find a good version of this for purchase anywhere)

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HERE IS THE LINK TO THE EXCEL SPREADSHEET WITH FURTHER INFORMATION

(it includes links to iTunes (US) for each song).  Easter Hymns Playlist 2015

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4 Responses to A Compilation of 70 Favorite Easter and Eastertide Hymns

  1. […] (April 19) – DON’T MISS THIS:  A Compilation of 70 Favorite Easter and Eastertide Hymns.  Note, there is now a separate Easter Hymns category, since we plan to post a lot more Easter […]

  2. […] (April 19) – DON’T MISS THIS:  A Compilation of 70 Favorite Easter and Eastertide Hymns.  Note, there is now a separate Easter Hymns category, since we plan to post a lot more Easter […]

  3. I’ll get the ball rolling on comments. Here are the 6 Easter hymns my Episcopal parish sang pretty much every year – meaning they were basically the only Easter hymns I knew until I went to grad school:

    1) Jesus Christ is Risen Today
    2) Welcome Happy Morning
    3) Hail thee Festival Day
    4) He is Risen, He is Risen
    5) The Stife is O’er
    6) Come Ye Faithful Raise the Strain

    Granted, those are great hymns, and I love them all. But there are so many more awesome Easter hymns, and Eastertide is 50 days, so I’m surprised we never sang more.

    I’ve been frustated by how hard to find a good Easter hymns compilation CD, at least here in the U.S. Some of the British choral recordings use hymn tunes that are not at all known or sung in the U.S., making them somewhat less enjoyable for American listeners (at least in terms of being able to sing along with favorite hymns). Contrast the number of Easter hymns CDs with Christmas hymns & carols albums…!!! That’s one of the reasons I’ve worked on this compilation. I’d love to see Easter hymns become more popular and widely sung.

    – Karen B

  4. […] of the Easter hymns that I have enjoyed discovering over the past two years while building my Easter Hymns playlist has been Jesus Lives! no longer now can thy terrors death appall us (tune St. […]

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