Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Tidings from this Corner of the Land

The View From the Last House in America: My Church Ladies and Me

The link just above this (and below this beautiful painting) is to a post I wrote last year about my dear old Methodist heritage. In keeping with our theme today, and with my recent posts on Paul Mellon, the National Gallery of Art etc., here is a a beautiful resurrection painting for your enjoyment. (From the National Gallery of Art by a follower of Rogier van der Weyden Christ Appearing to the Virgin, c. 1475 Andrew W. Mellon Collection).

Happy Easter!

Can you hear the words to this grand old hymn in your head as he rings them out on the bells? (The Bell Ringer is Australian Laurence Alex). Here's some help:

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!