31 Mar

Victimae paschali laudes
Immolent Christiani.
Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
Reconciliavit peccatores
Mors et vita duello
Confixere mirando:
Dux vitae mortuus
Regnat vivus.

Dic nobis Maria
Quid vidisti in via?
Sepulchrum Christi viventis
Et gloriam vidi resurgentis:
Angelicos testes
Sudarium et vestes.
Surrexit Christus spes mea:
Praecedit suos in Galilaeam.
Scimus Christum
Surresisse a mortuis vere:
Tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere.

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed
By the Lamb;
And Christ, the undefiled,
Hath sinners to his Father reconciled.
Death with life contended:
Combat strangely ended!
Life’s own Champion, slain,
Yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary:
Say what thou didst see
Upon the way.
The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!
The angels there attesting;
Shroud with grave-clothes resting.
Christ, my hope, has risen:
He goes before you into Galilee.
That Christ is truly risen
From the dead we know.
Victorious King, thy mercy show!


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