83 Victimae Paschali – A Song of the Resurrection
Come, Christians, bring your sacrifice of praise
to Jesus Christ, our conquering victim and our Easter king.
Jesus, the sinless lamb, has saved the sinful flock
and reconciled us to the Father.
All Death and life have wrestled
in a wondrous fight,
the leader of the living
fell to the powers of night
dead, yet he reigns in power
his strange victory to share.
Speak, Mary, friend of Christ,
what did you see on sorrow’s road?
Tell us your story.
All ‘I saw the tomb of the living Christ.
I saw his resurrection glory.
I saw the witnessing angels.
I saw the head-cloth and the shroud.
Christ my hope has risen,
and goes before his own to Galilee.’
Trust Mary, believers,
for only she has truth to tell,
unlike the falsifying crowd
of rumour-makers and deceivers.
All We know that Christ is truly risen,
defeating death and hell’s dark thrall,
so conquering king, have mercy on us all.
after the Easter Sequence