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Hallelujah Christ is risen

Added 14th April 2014

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Hallelujah, Christ is risen,
hallelujah, Christ is King!

Risen now, exalted now;
we'll sing, Christ is King!

New life abounds, as morning sounds;
death has lost its sting, oh Christ is King!
New hope has come through the risen Son;
death has lost its sting, oh Christ is King!

This song was born from a little experiment I had with the (very patient) congregations at St James during Easter 2013. I wanted to create something that was easy to sing, and that was full of joy and celebration as we remember some of the great truths about Easter and what Jesus’ resurrection means for us. We’d previously used Wonderful Counsellor at one of our Christmas Carol services which had worked really well and I thought it’d be nice to have a similar type of song for Easter too. A good round can be a great addition to a service, especially for special celebrations  like Christmas and Easter; they can often be a great way to open a set of sung worship as they really encourage people to sing out, they’re often great for all ages, and the lyrical simplicity of them really enables us to dwell and feast on what we’re singing. (They’re also pretty fun to sing too!)

The experiment went down well although there were a few rough edges. With the help of the team at Resound (and especially input from Joel and Matt – thanks you two) we were able to get the different parts working more smoothly together and get a more balanced and harmonic sound.

The congregation can either be split in to three sections and sing a part each, you could treat it as an 8-bar round, or you could sing the whole thing through and then let everyone choose their favourite part. I hope you enjoy singing it and are filled with His joy, peace, hope and presence as you remember the great victory of God at Easter.

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We used this song at the resound songwriting day on sat, it worked great!
Gavin Ball at 02:46 on 30th March 2015
Really pleased that you're enjoying the song Dennis and that it's encouraging you as a community. That's great to hear. God bless you and your ministry too!
Chris Pearse at 07:07 on 13th March 2015
Chris we don't tire of singing this. I've translated it into Zulu and we singing it in both English and Zulu in school chapel and Church. This lent we are using at as the recessional hymn each week. God bless you and your ministry
Dennis Bailey at 01:39 on 18th February 2015
I love it! We hope to try it, but may have to wait a bit. Thanks, team.
Lindsay Nash, St Francis, Auckland NZ
Lindsay Nash at 16:24 on 29th May 2014
Aww this is lovely. Really nice. Thanks so much. Good Friday Depths and Love be with us all, Mary
Mary Smail at 01:47 on 18th April 2014
Nice translation Alison - Great job.
Hope your church enjoys singing it on Sunday!
Chris Pearse at 10:57 on 17th April 2014
This is a beautiful song in its simple and yet so profound. We will be using it on Easter morning but as we work in a church in France I have had to translate the words, obviously sticking as close to the original as possible:
Alléluia Christ est vivant
Alléluia Christ est Roi
Alléluia Christ est vivant
Alléluia Christ est Roi

Ressuscité ! Exalté ! Chantons, Christ est Roi !
Ressuscité ! Exalté ! Chantons, Christ est Roi !

Une Nouvelle vie, par Jésus Christ ! Mort, où est ta victoire ? O Christ est Roi !
Quelle espérance ! Le Christ vivant ! Mort, où est ta victoire ? O Christ est Roi !

Hallelujah Christ is alive
Hallelujah Christ is King

Risen! Exalted! Lets sing Christ is King!

A new life through Jesus Christ. death where is your victory? Christ is King!
New hope, the Chirst is alive! Death where is your victory? Christ is King!

I feel this has got the essence of the song and I hope it meets with your approval.

Alison Packer
alison packer at 01:08 on 17th April 2014
awesome work chris, happy easter!
Gavin Ball at 10:00 on 16th April 2014
This looks like so much fun. We can do this in the weeks after April 20th, for the Easter season. My choir and congregation will love it. Thanks and Blessings, Pat Farra
Pat Farra at 10:31 on 15th April 2014
Gracias. Considering for April 27. Why wait one year! Straight melodic lines, layer in as in Listen Now, sing it earlier in the service as a vocal ensemble, then sing it as a congregational sending song after the blessing/benediction. Our Mennonite four part singing tradition fellowship will relish this music making. Thanks again Chris Pearse and Resoundworship.org
Titus King at 10:21 on 15th April 2014
Will certainly use this 2015! Fantastic... God bless you Chris!
Avril Hollowell at 08:51 on 15th April 2014
Love it. Don't have time to pull it off for this Easter but will definitely use it sometime soon.
Tracy Buyer at 07:08 on 15th April 2014
That has really cheered me up. Or rather, it has filled me with joy! Thanks Chris, it's a great reminder of what it's all about. Hope we sing it here.
Ellen Hunter Smart at 04:50 on 15th April 2014