Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord

Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord. Don Fishel* (1950- ). This popular Easter chant, with five stanzas and a refrain, was written by Fishel in 1971 when he was a student at the University of Michigan. The stanzas are of two unrhymed lines. Stanza 3 quotes Galatians 2: 20, which is an important text for this chant: it was written later than the other stanzas, added when Fishel was preparing for Baptism. The chant was published in The Word of God (Michigan, 1973), and in Britain in Sound of Living Waters (1974). It has subsequently appeared in many mainstream hymnbooks, with Fishel’s tune, ALLELUIA No. 1 (sometimes arranged by Betty Pulkingham*, as in Songs of Celebration:...

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