Resurrectus est

The Christians of the 11th century put it well:

Christians, to the paschal victim
Offer your thankful praises!

A Lamb the sheep redeemeth:
Christ, who only is sinless,
Reconcileth sinners to the Father;

Death and life have contended
In that combat stupendous;
The prince of Life, who died, reigns immortal.

Speak, Mary, declaring
What thou sawest wayfaring:

“The Tomb of Christ, who is living,
The glory of Jesus’ Resurrection:
Bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yea, Christ my hope is arisen:
To Galilee he goes before you.”

Happy they who hear the witness,
Mary’s word believing.
Above the tales of doubt and deceiving.

Christ indeed from death is risen,
Our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!

~ Victimae paschali, Latin, 11th c.


About middlingpoet

From the Gawain poet to Rainer Maria Rilke: I love traditional poetry.
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