Dear Friends – The Hymn “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” was first written in Latin titled “Surrexit Christus hodie”, as a Bohemian hymn in the 14th century by an unknown author on manuscripts written it is believed in Munich. In Latin, it had eleven verses and was first translated into English in 1708 by John Baptist Walsh to be included in his “Lyra Davidica” or a collection of divine songs and hymns. The verses of the hymn were revised in 1749 by John Arnold. Initially the hymn only had three verses translated with just the first verse being a direct translation; in 1740 Charles Wesley added a fourth verse to the hymn as an alternative, which was later adopted into the hymn as part of it and is sometimes sung.
We are joining with Christians from countless ages as we sing those wonderful words; “Our triumphant holy day”; the day when death was defeated.
Happy Easter – All good wishes Canon Richard