Christ rising again
In the 1549, 1552, and 1559 versions of the Book of Common Prayer the canticle Christ rising again is used after the opening responses at Morning Prayer on Easter Day, taking the place of the Venite. It is drawn from two passages in Romans (ch. 6, v. 9-11 "Christ rising again") and I Corinthians (ch. 15, v. 20-22 "Christ is risen again"), the two together being known as the Easter Anthems. In the 1662 Prayer Book a third anthem, "Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us", was added before these two.
- BCP versions compared at justus.anglican.org
- John Amner for SATB or ATTB
- William Byrd for 2 altos and 4 viols, with full sections for AATTTB
- John Sheppard for AATB
- Thomas Tomkins for ATB & organ, with full sections SATB (brief A div.)
- Thomas Tallis SAATB
See also Christ our Passover for other works including the same verses.
Other settings possibly not included in the manual list above
- Christopher Tye — Christ rising again
Text and translations
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BCP 1552, 1559
| English text|
Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more:
death hath no more dominion over him.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once:
but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin:
but alive unto God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom. 6. 9.)
Christ is risen from the dead:
and become the first-fruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death:
by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die:
even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Cor. 1)