Christ is risen! Christos voskrese! Christos anesti! Al-Masīḥ qām!
As our final installment of Paschal music in the Hymnal Project, we have THREE spiritual songs:
The first is a bit of a standard, at least in some parishes. See the discussion page for more about this hymn, AND the process we use for editing songs for the new hymnal.
The second is a lovely minor-key carol for Easter, which I would love to see widely sung. It has additional verses (not yet translated into English) which praise the Resurrection, and include all the characters in the story of Pascha.
The third is better known as a choir piece, but (with a few flourishes simplified) works well for congregational singing. It, too, has more verses in Slavonic, but these tell the Easter story in order: the myrrh-bearing women, the stone, the angel, and so on.
For convenience, all three have been added (in both English and Slavonic versions) to the MCI Paschal music supplement, which can also be printed as a booklet on legal size paper. Please try them out, and post below with your comments and suggestions.
May God bless your celebration of the resurrection of his Son!