Hymn for Easter Day: The strife is o’er

This will be the last post in my hymn series which began on Ash Wednesday. Of course, I’ll continue occasionally to post hymns, as I have done since this blog was created. This one’s an Easter morning classic, and it’s how we ended our morning services.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The strife is o’er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.

The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!

He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven’s high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death’s dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Words: Symphonia Sirenum Selectarum, 1695; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)

Here’s a video from a terrific place, Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, MO. The Pontifical Blessing is provided at the beginning of the clip at no extra charge. Please disregard the deacon getting a drink of water, or your enjoyment of the moment will be diminished.

Final note: many clergy probably feel this way at the end of Holy Week: the strife is o’er, the battle done. But what a “battle” it is. Bring it on next year!

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1 Response

  1. Bob Chapman says:

    While unfortunate, I can understand why the Deacon of the Mass would have needed a drink at that point. And, the congregation probably didn’t see it, as the camera was in the loft.

    The regrettable thing was seeing that vested acolyte with the streamer, waving it over everyone’s head. In the interest of charity on the Day of Resurrection, I’ll just say it is unwise–especially if you want to congregation to something like sing.

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