Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Eve

We had a lot of family activities today, all of which were centered on the fun of Easter: big bunnies, plastic eggs, and more candy than a kid needs.  While the day was good, these activities in no way indicate the true reason for Easter or its significance.  And so, instead of recapping our day, I thought I'd simply leave you with a hymn, and with a prayer that this Easter Sunday inspires in you a greater hope in Jesus Christ and in His coming again.

He is Risen

He is risen! He is risen!
Tell it out with joyful voice.
He has burst his three days’ prison;
Let the whole wide earth rejoice.
Death is conquered; man is free.
Christ has won the victory.

Come with high and holy hymning;
Chant our Lord’s triumphant lay.
Not one darksome cloud is dimming
Yonder glorious morning ray,
Breaking o’er the purple east,
Symbol of our Easter feast.

He is risen! He is risen!
He hath opened heaven’s gate.
We are free from sin’s dark prison,
Risen to a holier state.
And a brighter Easter beam
On our longing eyes shall stream.

Text: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818–1895

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