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Music for the Resurrection of Our Lord-Easter Day

When I Arise, I am still with Thee: Alleluia!¬† The Introit is a plainsong setting by Lucas Lossius (1508-1582). After studying in Wittenberg, he became a teacher and rector in L√ľneberg, where he served for almost fifty years until his death.¬† He was the kantor responsible for liturgical music.


Among his numerous publications contributing to theological and musical scholarship in the Lutheran church was his Psalmodia hoc est Cantica sacra veleris ecclesiae selecta of 1553.  It is a combination of two genres of liturgical chant books: the Gradual (musical items for Divine Service) and the Antiphonale (musical items for the daily office).


Lossius’ work is significant because he prepared the ancient Gregorian chant for use in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church, free from medieval theological error and true to the style of the church catholic.


Therefore let us joyful be, And sing to God right thankfully, Loud songs of Alleluia!¬†¬† The HYMN OF THE DAY, ‚ÄúChrist Jesus Lay in Death‚Äôs Strong Bands‚ÄĚ (458) is Martin Luther‚Äôs (1483-1546) Easter hymn.





¬†¬† One of the finest Easter hymns, it is based on an early German hymn, ‚ÄúChrist is Arisen‚ÄĚ (459).¬† ‚ÄúChrist is Arisen,‚ÄĚ is likewise based on the ancient Sequence, Victimae Paschali (Latin: ‚ÄúPaschal Victim‚ÄĚ), (460) sung following the Alleluia.

¬† ¬†Luther‚Äôs strong text ties Christ‚Äôs Resurrection victory to the Passover, for Christ is our ‚Äútrue Paschal Lamb.‚Ä̬† As the blood of the lamb marked the doors of the Israelites in the first Passover: ‚ÄúSee, His blood now marks our door; Faith points to it, death passes¬†over, and Satan cannot harm us.‚Ä̬† Buried with Christ in His death in Baptism, we rise to new life with Him whose grace gives ‚ÄúEternal sunshine to the heart.‚ÄĚ Today in Divine Service, He feeds us with His Word and His Supper: ‚ÄúChrist alone our souls will feed, He is our meat and drink indeed!‚ÄĚ

The vigorous tune, ‚ÄúChrist Lag in Todesbanden,‚ÄĚ is based on the tune from the German hymn ‚ÄúChrist ist erstanden‚ÄĚ and the plainsong tune for the Latin Sequence Victimae Paschali.

The PRELUDE includes two settings of ‚ÄúChrist Jesus Lay in Death‚Äôs Strong Bands‚ÄĚ by Georg B√∂hm (1661-1733), who served as kantor in L√ľneberg.

B√∂hm wrote music for organ and harpsichord.¬† Many of his compositions are in the chorale partita form, a series of variations on a chorale melody. (‚ÄúChorale‚ÄĚ is the German word for ‚Äúhymn.‚ÄĚ)

The choral setting of this hymn is by Kevin Hildebrand (b. 1973), kantor at Concordia Theological Seminary and St. Paul‚Äôs Lutheran Church‚ÄĒFort Wayne.

The Divine Service at 10:30am will be live streamed on Facebook, with the bulletin posted on Facebook.
The lessons are Job 19.23-27; 1 Corinthians 5.6-8; and St. Mark 16.1-8.
The hymns are 457 Jesus Christ is Risen Today
460-459 Christians to the Paschal Victim/Christ is Arisen
458 Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
633 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
467 Awake, My Heart, with Gladness
461 I Know That My Redeemer Lives
465 Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds

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Thank you Kantor Schultz for your diligence in providing us with not only the music for our worship, but also the enriched history. Well done good and faithful servant.

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