Resurrection Sunday 04.01.18 Hallelujah! He is Risen!!! He is Risen Indeed!

Sunday, April 1, 2018 – To a Christian, Easter Sunday is everything.  It is the day we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Unlike most other “holidays” it’s one that Christians observe every day of the year. It is the anchoring message in the Christian faith.  All Christians, regardless of their denomination, believe that Christ rose from the dead and lives in Heaven with his and our father, God.   I don’t think that believe is even a strong enough words – WE KNOW IT to be true!

Today is Resurrection Sunday, the day that changed everything for us. This is the day we celebrate as the day our Savior rose from the dead, defeating and swallowing death in victory!

Without Resurrection Sunday, there would be no hope. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, everything we cling to as Christians would have crumbled.

But He didn’t stay dead, He rose again!

My favorite hymn is the original version of Because He Lives. It  explains my feelings about the resurrection perfectly.  Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried in a tomb, yet he arose from the grave and lives today. The words of the chorus read:

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

The verses say as much to my heart as the chorus does. The words to each verse are:

God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!empty grave

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

Some of ya’ll who have read my blog for a while have read these words before, and know this to be the song that touches my heart the deepest.  Lots of ya’ll who are Christians know this song well and probably have related its words to something in your life of great meaning. I absolutely want it sung at my funeral because on that day I will have crossed the river and be in the glorious presence of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As I get older, that thought becomes more and more inviting.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

My dear friend Pat Turner shared the video below on Facebook on Saturday.  After watching it and hearing the beautiful message I thought it should be included here.

Ya’ll have a blessed Easter.  Remember,  HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED!

 

christ is risenNOTE: About the Video:  Claire Ryann Crosby   Happy Good Friday and Easter weekend to all!! We’re so grateful that Christ could overcome death, sin, and afflictions of every kind, so that we can find peace in this life even with the challenges we face!

By Claire and Dave Crosby, video shot by Modo Studios, song written by Nik Day.  Download the track here: https://davecrosby.bandcamp.com/track/peace-in-christ

04.18.14 Hallelujah!! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

After a Sunday service performance at her church, Kelly Mooney was taxed by her Parrish priest to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an Easter service.

Not knowing the song Kelly went home and looked up the song and lyrics and although there are a number of biblical references in the original, Kelly felt there was another way to sing the song. Using a missal that told the Easter story she rewrote the song to tell the story of death and resurrection.

See and hear the song here with some help from the Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould on June 1, 2010, at the Monument Lefebvre in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah [VIDEO] | http://k2radio.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

 

he is risenChances are you’ve heard Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah. This beautiful adaptation sung powerfully by Kelley Mooney will move you thinking about the Cross and the price Jesus paid there. With approved spiritual lyrics rewritten to tell the story of Calvary, Kelly sings her version with a children’s choir, Chorale Voce dell’ Anima led by Monette Gould, and will likely become your new favorite version of this beloved song!

Chances are good you’ve heard Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Hallelujah’ but you’ve probably never heard it like this. In this version, the lyricshave been changed toreflect Easter and the story of the passion, death and resurrection of JesusRead More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ [VIDEO] | http://981thehawk.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

Chances are good you’ve heard Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Hallelujah’ but you’ve probably never heard it like this. In this version, the lyrics have been changed to reflect Easter and the story of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Singer Kelly Mooney re-wrote this famous song as an Easter spiritual and then went after the mechanical rights to the song, successfully obtained them from Leonard Cohen’s group and now has every intention of recording this song on a CD.

Read More: Easter Version Of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ [VIDEO] | http://981thehawk.com/easter-version-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-video/?trackback=tsmclip

Mooney is a young woman from Prince Edward Island in Canada. She received permission from Leonard Cohen to write new  lyrics to his well-known Hallelujah. She does a brilliant job of melding the passion story with one of the most moving melodies of our times.

Kelley explains at the beginning of the video the background behind her rewriting the words to Hallelujah!

I was deeply touched by these new lyrics and felt it was very appropriate to share with ya’ll this Easter! The lyrics can be found below.  Since it’s a new version I thought having the words to follow might be helpful.

Lyrics for the Easter Version of Hallelujah!

A crown of thorns placed on His head
He knew that He would soon be dead
He said did you forget me Father did you?
They nailed Him to a wooden cross
Soon all the world would feel the loss
Of Christ the King before His Hallelujah

Hallelujah

He hung His head and prepared to die
Then lifted His face up to the sky
Said I am coming home now Father to you
A reed which held His final sip
Was gently lifted to his lips
He drank His last and gave His soul to glory

Hallelujah

The soldier who had used his sword
To pierce the body of our Lord
Said truly this is Jesus Christ our Savior
He looked with fear upon his sword
Then turned to face his Christ and Lord
Fell to his knees crying Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Took from his head the thorny crown
And wrapped him in a linen gown
And laid him down to rest inside the tomb
The holes in his hands, his feet and side
Now in our hearts we know he died
To save us from ourselves oh hallelujah

Hallelujah

Three days went by again they came
To move the stone to bless the slain
With oil and spice anointing hallelujah
But as they went to move the stone
They saw that they were not alone
But Jesus Christ has risen Hallelujah

Hallelujah

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I’ll leave you with our Easter morning greeting.

He is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!