Example 8: Christians, to the paschal victim

Words: Wigbert [Wipo of Burgundy] (died ca. 1050), tr. The Antiphoner and Grail, 1880. The Hymnal 1982
Music: sequence Victimae paschali laudes, Mode 1; melody attr. Wigbert [Wipo of Burgundy] (died ca. 1050)

Recording: The Compline Choir, live broadcast , 14 Apr 2013

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 will go before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen,
our new life obtaining;
have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Amen. Alleluia!

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