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Monday, April 24, 2006

Sing to the Lord a new song!

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED, HE IS RISEN!

I wish you all a joyous Easter!

In order to more splendidly celebrate the glorious and life-giving Resurrection of Christ our God, I'll be posting some favorite Paschal hymns. Enjoy!

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Hail thee, Festival Day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
God, Who hath conquered hell,
Riseth again from the dead.

Lo, the fair beauty of earth,
From the death of the winter arising,
Every good gift of the year
Now with its Master returns.

Hail thee, Festival Day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
God, Who hath conquered hell,
Riseth again from the dead.

He Who was nailed to the Cross
Is God and the Ruler of all things;
All things created on earth
Worship the Maker of all.

Hail thee, Festival Day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
God, Who hath conquered hell,
Riseth again from the dead.

God of all pity and power,
Let Thy word be assured to the doubting;
Light on the third day returns;
Rise, Son of God, from the tomb!

Hail thee, Festival Day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
God, Who hath conquered hell,
Riseth again from the dead.

Rise now, O Lord, from the grave
And cast off the shroud that enwrapped Thee;
Thou art sufficient for us:
Nothing without Thee exists.

Hail thee, Festival Day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
God, Who hath conquered hell,
Riseth again from the dead.

Mourning they laid Thee to rest,
Who art Author of life and creation;
Treading the pathway of death,
Life Thou bestowest on man.

Hail thee, Festival Day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
God, Who hath conquered hell,
Riseth again from the dead.

Show us Thy face once more,
That the ages may joy in Thy brightness;
Give us the light of day,
Darkened on earth at Thy death.

Hail thee, Festival Day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
God, Who hath conquered hell,
Riseth again from the dead.

Out of the prison of death
Thou art rescuing numberless captives;
Freely they tread in the way
Whither their Maker has gone.

Hail thee, Festival Day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
God, Who hath conquered hell,
Riseth again from the dead.

Jesus has harrowed hell;
He has led captivity captive:
Darkness and chaos and death
Flee from the face of the Light.

Hail thee, Festival Day!
Blest day to be hallowed forever;
God, Who hath conquered hell,
Riseth again from the dead.

Text: "Salve festa dies," by St. Venantius Fortunatus (circa 540-600), translated by M.F. Bell (1862-1947), altered.

Meter: Irregular.

Source: St. Ambrose Hymnal, published by St. Gregory the Great Antiochian Church--Western Rite Vicariate, 2001.

Note: I would very much like to know if there's a Western ecclesiastical chant melody (Gregorian, Sarum, Mozarabic, Ambrosian, etc.) which works well with this text.

5 Comments:

Blogger James the Thickheaded said...

Presume you know the 1940 hymnal version...but are looking for something else? Good question.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Eric John said...

Yes. The R. Vaughan Williams setting "Salve festa dies" is used in the St. Ambrose Hymnal as well. I wonder if a chant melody was ever used. I guess that depends on whether St. Fortunatus' hymn was used liturgically or whether it was a bit of liturgical archaeology which brought it into modern useage.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Jean-Michel said...

Salve, Festa Dies!

Salut, jour de fête, jour d’éternelle vénération,
dans lequel Dieu a vaincu l’enfer et conquis les astres.

Voici que la grâce du monde renaissant annonce le retour du Seigneur
et des joies qui sont son oeuvre.

La saison resplendit, les fleurs sont riantes et variées,
et la porte du ciel s’ouvre aux majeures lumières.

Les douces violettes font dans les vals des taches de pourpre,
l’herbe des prés verdoie, chevelure éclatante de la terre,

et l’on voit surgir les yeux étoilés des fleurs,
floraisons de sourires à chaque brin de gazon.

Le triomphant Christ revenu des tristes enfers,
les frondaisons et les épanouissements le saluent.

Le crucifié sur toutes les choses règne en Dieu et toutes les créatures
Au créateur disent leur prière.

La foi promise, rends-la moi, je t’en supplie, ô noble puissance:
voici le tierce jour, surgis, ô mon enseveli.

Dépouille, je t’en supplie ton linceul,
laisse dans le sépulcre ton suaire:

avec toi nous avons tout
et sans toi rien n’est plus !

Saint Venance Fortunat, père de l'Eglise des Gaules

the great collection NAXOS has one cd with it
http://shop.castleclassics.co.uk/acatalog/Naxos___Gregorian_Chant.html

I have a Renaissance score, same as this one
http://www.lassoscores.com/Partition%20une%20Page/011001%20salve%20festa%20ca2002.PDF

but I can't help for more, sorry.
We had the Exsultet but only in family. No Orthodox parish does them here, so we do our own.

holy and bright week!
Jean-Michel
http://www.orthodoxe.be

12:30 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

Truly He is Risen!
My prayers for a blessed Paschal season.

Wonderful hymn as well.

4:40 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

God Pappa:

Truly He is Risen!

Christos Voskrese!

Joe Zollars

8:16 PM  

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