Resurrection and Easter Hymns and Songs

Since Christ's resurrection is central to the Christian faith, mention of his resurrection occurs in literally thousands of songs and hymns. However, in the ones below the theme of resurrection is more strongly developed. Lyrics and tunes to the older hymns can usually be found in the CyberHymnal ( Lyrics and tunes to the newer hymns and choruses can often be found in the Song Select feature of

"Alive Forever, Amen," David Moffitt, Sue C. Smith, Travis Cottrell (2003 New Spring, CCTB Music, Integrity's Hosanna! Music)

"All Ye that Seek the Lord Who Died," words: Charles Wesley (1746), music Wenzel Müller. A 12-verse ballad of the resurrection story.

"Alleluia! Sing to Jesus," words: William C. Dix (1866), music: Rowland H. Prichard (1830).

"Because He Lives," words and music by William J. and Gloria Gaither (©1971, William J. Gaither, Inc.; Gaither Copyright Management)

"Behold the Lamb," by Dottie Rambo (1979, New Spring)

"Blessing, Honor, and Glory," David Reidy and Geoff Bullock (1990, Word Music/Maranatha! Music)

"Celebrate Jesus," by Gary Oliver (1988, Integrity's Hosanna! Music)

"Christ Arose!" ("Low in the grave he lay..." "Up from the grave he arose!"), words and music: Robert Lowry (1874)

"Christ Is Risen," Matt Maher and Mia Fieldes (2009 Thankyou Music,, SHOUT! Music Publishing)

"Christ Is Risen," by Jeremy Riddle (2009, Mercy / Vineyard Publishing)

"Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna!" words: Brian Wren (1984, ©1986 Hope Publishing Company), music: Polish carol, arranged by Edith M.G. Reed (1926), harmonized by Austin C. Lovelace (1964, © 1964, The United Methodist Publishing House). (Chalice Hymnal, #222)

"Christ Is Risen, Christ Is Risen," words: Archer T. Gurney (1862), music: Arthur S. Sullivan (1874).

"Christ the Lord is Risen Today," words: Charles Wesley (1739), music: from Lyra Davidica (1708).

"Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies," Charles Wesley and Charles Gounod

"Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain," words: John of Damascus (8th century), translated by John M. Neale, music: Arthur S. Sullivan.

"Crown Him with Many Crowns," words: Matthew Bridges (1851) and Godfrey Thring (1874), music: George J. Elvey (1868).

"Day of Resurrection, The," words: John of Damascus (8th century, Anastaseōs Hēmera), translated by John M. Neale (1862); music Henry Smart (tune: Lancashire, 1835).

"Easter Song" (He is risen, alleluia!) Anne Herring and Jack Schrader (©1974, Latter Rain Music, admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

"For All You've Done" ("You lived, You died, You rose again on high"), by Reuben Morgan (2004, Hillsong Music Publishing

"Glorious," Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche (2009, Integrity Worship Music, Thankyou Music)

"He Arose" ("I believe in the resurrection of God's son"), by Rick Muchow (©1992, Rick Muchow, Encouraging Music).

"He Is Lord" (traditional)

"He Lives!" words and music: Alfred H. Ackley (© 1933, 1961, Rodeheaver Co., a div. of Word, Inc.)

"He's Alive," by Don Francisco (1977, New Pax Music Press)

"Hymn of Promise" ("In the bulb there is a flower...."), Natalie Sleeth (1986, Hope Publishing Co.)

"I Know That My Redeemer Lives," words: Charles Wesley, music: George F. Handel.

"I Know that My Redeemer Lives," words: Samuel Medley (1775), music: Duke Street, attributed to John Hatton (1793).

"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," words: Jessie Brown Pounds (1893), music: James H. Fillmore (1893)

"I Will Rise" ("When He calls my name") by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Louie Giglio and Matt Maher (© 2008, Vamos Publishing, songs, sixsteps Music, Thank you Music,

"In the Tomb So Cold" ("Christ Is Risen"), by Graham Kendrick (©1986, Thankyou Music, admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

"Jesus Is Alive," by Ron Kenoly (©1987, Integrity's Hosanna! Music).

"Lift Up, Lift Up Your Voices Now," words: John M. Neale (1851), music: John B. Calkin (tune: Waltham, 1872)

"Mighty to Save," by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan (© 2006, Hillsong Publishing)

"My Redeemer Lives," by Reuben Morgan (© 1998, Hillsong Publishing)

"My Hope Is in the Lord," Norman J. Clayton (1945, 1973, Norman J. Clayton Publishing Co.)

"O Sons and Daughters, Sing Your Praise," words: Jean Tisserand (15th century), translated by Ruth Duck (©1993); music: 15th century French carol. (Chalice Hymnal, #220)

"On the Third Day," Marc Byrd and Matt Maher (2006,, Meaux Mercy, Storm Boy Music, Thankyou Music)

"Our God Reigns" ("How Lovely on the mountains..." vs. 4 "Out of the tomb He came with grace and majesty...."), Leonard E. Smith, Jr. (1974, 1978, New Jerusalem Music)

"Resurrection Hymn," Keith Getty and Stuart Townend (2003, Thankyou Music)

"Rise Again" ("Go ahead drive the nails in My hands...."), by Dallas Holm (1977, Going Holm Music)

"Saved the Day," Michael Neale (2005, Integrity's Praise Music)

"Servants of the Gospel" ("The grave could not contain him..."), Bryson Smith (words) and Phillip Percival (music) (2002, Emu Music Australia, Philip Percival)

"Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done, The," Latin (12th century, Finita jam sunt praelia), translated by Francis Pott (1861), music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina (1591), adapted by William Henry Monk (1861)

"Tell It Out," Timothy Smith (2005, spiritandsong)

"Tell the World" ("... that Jesus is risen"), Dave Billbrough (1998, Thankyou Music)

"Thine Is the Glory," words: Edmond L. Budry (1904), translated by R. Birch Hoyle (1923), music: George F. Handel (1746)

"Watchman," Robin Mark (2009, Integrity Worship Music)

"Welcome, Happy Morning! Age to Age Shall Say," words: Venantius Fortunatus (c. 590, Salve, festa dies), translated by John Ellerton (1868), music: Arthur S. Sullivan (1872)

"Worship the King," by Billy Funk (1988, Integrity's Praise! Music)

"You're Alive," by Graham Kendrick (©1983, Thankyou Music, admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

Some of the newer songs can be found in:

Chalice Hymnal (St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 1995)

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