Jesus Christ is Risen Today (Surrexit Christus Hodie)

(Text from Wiki Source)
This hymn originated in a 14th century Latin carol from Bohemia:
Surrexit Christus hodie
Humano pro solamine.
Mortem qui passus pridie
Miserrimo pro homine.
Mulieres ad tumulum
Dona ferunt aromatum,
Album cernentes angelum
Anuntiantes gaudium.
Mulieres o tremulae,
In Galilaeam pergite,
Discipulis hoc dicite,
Quod surrexit rex gloriae.
Ubique praecedet suos,
Quos dilexit, discipulos.
Sit benedictus hodie,
Qui nos redemit sanguine.
Ergo cum dulci melodo
Benedicamus Domino.
Laudetur sancta trinitas,
Deo dicamus gratias.
The first English translation appeared in Lyra Davidica, published in London in 1708:
Jesus Christ is risen to-day, Halle-halle-lujah.
Our triumphant Holy day,
Who so lately on the Cross
Suffered to redeem our loss.
Haste ye females from your fright,
Take to Galilee your flight;
To his sad disciples say,
Jesus Christ is risen to-day.
In our Paschal joy and feast
Let the Lord of life be blest;
Let the Holy Trine be praised,
And thankful hearts to heaven be raised.
A later translation of the first verse, together with completely rewritten second and third verses, appeared in John Arnold’s Compleat Psalmodist, 1749
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

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12 Responses to Jesus Christ is Risen Today (Surrexit Christus Hodie)

  1. golden chersonnese says:

    teresa, that English version is indeed a popular Easter hymn among English speakers, of course mainly protestants, but now Catholics too.

    My favourite Easter bit is the Sequence of Easter followed by the Easter Alleluia. And this is the nicest translation in my view. (“What’s a sequence?”, do I hear 99% of Catholics say?)

    I do hope I am not being too “self-referential” in all this.

    Have a jolly fine Easter, dear Teresa.

  2. johnhenrycn says:

    “(“What’s a sequence?”, do I hear 99% of Catholics say?) I do hope I am not being too ‘self-referential’…”

    Golden, you’re not being too self-referential: Here’s “self-referential”:

    The Sequence I wish said at my Funeral Mass starts thusly:

    “Lacrimosa dies illa Qua resurget ex favilla Judicandus homo reus. Huic ergo parce, Deus: Pie Jesu Domine, Dona eis requiem”

    HEY! I DIDN’T TYPE THAT! What I typed was this:
    Dreaded day, that day of ire…

    Has Google gone Catholic, or what…? I don’t even know what that Latin phrase (^) means, or if it’s grammatically correct. I was starting to quote, in English, the start of a very traditional Funeral Mass sequence that Paul Johnson, a noted Catholic British scholar and journalist, demands be recited at his funeral, which I will continue to quote later today, after I finish saying what I meant to say, which is this…

    I raised my family here –

    …and, in her final days, looked after my 100 year old grandmother here –…0.0…1c.1.7.hp.lk60eDbatyo

    …which is where I will move to when I can no longer live here –…0.0…1c.1.7.hp.5R8iv0N9JrA

    …which is 10 yards from where I will have my Funeral Mass celebrated said here –…0.0…1c.1.7.hp.rIcnzLNMV1M

    …which, if all my links work and you can understand them, tells you that my whole adult life has been lived on one city block.

    Now, that’s “self-referenential”

  3. johnhenrycn says:

    …which is 10 yards from where I will have my Funeral Mass…
    Well, 100 yards, actually, but 1 yard way from where my children went to school:

    …all of which is to say that I love living in a small place, self-referentially speaking, and also to say that I don’t mind people on this blog knowing where I live. But don’t tell anyone 😉

  4. johnhenrycn says:

    Last link didn’t work, but my point is taken? Life is good when you can stay close to what you love.

  5. golden chersonnese says:

    A charming area, johnhenry. I wouldn’t move either.

    Say hi for me to Fr Phil, Deacon Mike and Sr Kath at St Clement’s, won’t you.

    But, somehow, I still don’t think we’ve got this “self-referential” thing right yet.

  6. johnhenrycn says:

    God bless, GC. Deacon Mike is our newest addition. Last name Foulger. Because he’s new, I use a mnemonic to remember him by. Something to do with coffee. Can’t remember which brand. Nice guy…Terrible Lancashire accent.

  7. golden chersonnese says:

    God bless, JH. You seem to have a great diocese. And say, you’re not all that far from Niagara Falls, are you.

  8. johnhenrycn says:

    Hey, GC, I don’t mind you knowing where I live. I did mind people knowing I love Doris Day when you revealed my secret on another blog 😉 but what is it with you Asians thinking “Niagara Falls” is near where all of us live?
    I live an hour away from that place, for goodness sake. I did run away there once.

  9. golden chersonnese says:

    Point of order, Madam Speaker. The honourable member clearly said not all that far from Niagara Falls.

    Anyhow, it’s one of the few reasons we would go to North America. To see that and the Grand Canyon (is that a bit nearer to you?).

  10. johnhenrycn says:

    🙂 Happy Easter , golden chersonnese! I’m the second lector today. Must rush.

  11. golden chersonnese says:

    The very same to you, johnhenry. Do you prefer this or still the Doris Day version?

  12. Gertrude says:

    I too join all on CP&S in wishing you all, our regulars, and all who visit these pages, a Happy and a Blessed Easter. 🙂

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