Classic CCM for Holy Saturday into Easter: Christian Stephens’ The Descent, and Arise

April 19, 2014

This is the third of three posts with music from Christian Stephens’ self-titled album (1980, Creation records).

On Wednesday I posted 2 songs:  Look What You’ve Done, and Broken and Bleeding.  On Friday, I posted Song of the Cross which is the first part of a trilogy of songs for the Triduum.

Below follow the two additional songs:  The Descent and Arise.   You should listen to and read the lyrics from Song of the Cross before listening to the songs below.  As explained in yesterday’s entry, the songs imagine a dialogue between Jesus and the Father.

Here’s the audio file (the two songs are combined into one track).  The lyrics follow.

(The audio sometimes is slow to load, but it should play. Should there be a problem, use this link.)

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The Descent
[S] = the Son, [F] = the Father

[S] O my Father, can You hear me call?
I need Your light, there’s darkness over all.
I ache to hear Your voice but remain here all alone
Father, when will I begin my journey home?

[F] O my Son, I know You cannot hear.
But I am coming, behold I am very near.
Hold to my words until You hear the trumpet call,
Then You my Son will rise the victor of all!

[S] I ache to hear Your voice, but remain here all alone
Father when will I begin my journey home?

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Arise

[F] “Arise! And come to me my Son.
Arise! And come to me my Son!”

[S] Father, I feel Your touch of life from above
Lifting me by the power of Your love.
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
[Death] tried to hold me back,
tried to hold me down,
While the power of life lifts me off the ground.
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
Hallelujah, I am alive again!
And I have overcome!
Yes, I have overcome!
Yes, I have overcome!

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HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH!!!

Note: the songs posted are digitized versions of my original vinyl album.  There are some scratches, etc.  I believe the album is out of print, but if anyone knows of a CD or digital version available for purchase, I would love to know so I can link it here and ensure royalties go to the artist.

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Holy Saturday around the blogosphere

April 19, 2014

In addition to the incredible wealth of entries posted by Kendall Harmon at TitusOneNine today, which I’ve listed below, I want to highlight a few other excellent reflections for Holy Saturday which I highly recommend:

First, I want to draw attention to our list of Holy Saturday poems. 

(I’ve been astounded by the number of people searching for Holy Week poetry. Our compilation of Good Friday Poems got something like 7,000 page views in 2 weeks!!!  It’s heartening in this age of Twitter and SMS that many are still hungry for beautiful language and the thoughtful reflection of poetry!)

The other three entries I highly recommend:

If I find other noteworthy entries, I’ll update this…

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Note:  For those looking for Easter Resources…  I’ll begin posting some of our Easter Compilations (Easter Prayers, Easter Resources) around 4 p.m. Eastern US time  (20:00 GMT).


A Classic CCM Song for Holy Saturday – He Holds the Keys (Steve Green)

April 19, 2014

Steve Green performing his classic “He Holds the Keys” in concert in 1987.  The song appears on his 1984 album People Need the Lord.  I hear this song in my head whenever I see any iconography regarding Christ and the Harrowing of Hell….!

(scroll down below the icon to see Scriptures that tie in with the song and the painting…)

 harrowing-of-hell

art credit

Acts 2:24 – God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

1 Peter 3:18-19 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,

Colossians 2:13-15 – And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.


Kendall Harmon’s wealth of Holy Saturday entries (updated for 2015)

April 19, 2014

It’s worth linking all of these in one place:

From the Morning Scripture Readings

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (I)

An In-between Moment

In the End A Sort of Quietness

Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Truth of Holy Saturday: Only the wound is there

With this death which makes of the dead….dead human beings in all reality

The Transition

(RNS) What did Jesus do on Holy Saturday?

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (II)

Jesus Christ was Buried

Softer Quiet, Stunning Stillness

Eugene Peterson on Holy Saturday

Music for Holy Saturday: Let all mortal flesh keep silence from Somerville College, Oxford’s Choir

Mark Judge: The Day After

Upon our Saviour’s Tomb, wherein never man was laid.

George Weigel on Holy Saturday—The King is Sleeping

A Prayer for Holy Saturday (III)

God knows our dying From the Inside

Joel Garver on the 20th century’s greatest Theologian of Holy Saturday

We Simply Have to Wait

Andy Alexander S.J.: A Reflection for Holy Saturday

The Sound is Rarely Heard

In the silence of this night…we live in the hope of the dawn of the third day

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New Holy Saturday Entries at TitusOneNine for 2015
(CT) A. J. Swoboda—Sitting, Waiting, and Hoping in the Tomb of Jesus
A (Very Famous) ancient homily on Holy Saturday—“there is a great silence on earth today”
Easter Night
From the Morning Bible Readings
More Music for Holy Saturday—John Michael Talbot – ‘Only in God’
THE Holy Scripture Verse for Holy Saturday
The Sound of Perfect Silence

Poems for Holy Saturday

April 19, 2014

Here’s the section of Poems for Holy Saturday from our larger compilation of Poems for Holy Week.

5. Holy Saturday:


Three Spiritual Classics for Holy Saturday (from the Pontifications blog archives)

April 19, 2014

From the Internet Archive site:  A few classic posts from Fr. Al Kimel’s old blog Pontifications, of which, sadly, only a few files still remain accessible online:

There is a Great Silence on Earth Today

Death Swallowed Him, Not Knowing Him

Henceforth, Hell Belongs to Christ


Palestrina: Lamentations for Holy Saturday, performed by the Tallis Scholars

April 19, 2014

You can find this recording for purchase here.


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