Over the years, this ancient text has become – along with “Now the Green Blade Riseth” – my favorite Easter hymn. It captures so perfectly what we celebrate and why. It captures the earth-shattering reality of who Jesus is and what he has done. The imagery of our Great Hight Priest also being the life-restoring Victim at the Paschal Feast thrills my soul beyond words! I hope you take a few moments to not only sing along, but to also reflect on the words – without the music. This hymn changed the way I celebrate the Resurrection. I hope it does the same for you!
This video includes two versions of audio – one followed by the other. The first is the external audio that picks up both the virtual 1928 E.M. Skinner pipe organ and the orchestral voices provided by the Yamaha EL-90 digital organ. The second is the internal audio that only picks up the virtual pipe organ.
By the way, you’ll definitely want to use headphones – the sound of this pipe organ is amazing!! (Be sure to start the volume low.) The words for today’s hymn are below, in case you want to sing along! :)
“At the Lamb’s High Feast”
Tune: St. George’s Windsor
At the Lamb’s high feast we sing, praise to our victorious King,
who hath washed us in the tide flowing from his pierced side;
praise we him, whose love divine gives his sacred Blood for wine,
gives his Body for the feast, Christ the Victim, Christ the Priest.
Where the Paschal Blood is poured, death’s dark angel sheathes his sword;
Israel’s hosts triumphant go through the wave that drowns the foe.
Praise we Christ, whose Blood was shed; Paschal Victim, Paschal Bread!
With sincerity and love eat we Manna from above.
Mighty Victim from on high, hell’s fierce pow’rs beneath thee lie;
thou hast conquered in the fight, thou hast brought us life and light;
now no more can death appall, now no more the grave enthrall;
thou hast opened paradise, and in thee thy saints shall rise.
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