Jesus is risen, alleluia!

Author: Bernard Kyamanywa

“Christ Has Arisen, Alleluia” comes to us from African Lutheranism. Rev. Bernard Kyamanywa wrote the original Swahili text while he was in seminary in Tanzania. He wrote it in a very African style, envisioning a story-teller and congregation responding; the story- teller presents the simple story of the Easter Gospel, and the congregation responds with the refrain. (Although it can be sung in unison.) --stjohnschicago.org Go to person page >

Author (English): John L. Bell

John Bell (b. 1949) was born in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, intending to be a music teacher when he felt the call to the ministry. But in frustration with his classes, he did volunteer work in a deprived neighborhood in London for a time and also served for two years as an associate pastor at the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam. After graduating he worked for five years as a youth pastor for the Church of Scotland, serving a large region that included about 500 churches. He then took a similar position with the Iona Community, and with his colleague Graham Maule, began to broaden the youth ministry to focus on renewal of the church’s worship. His approach soon turned to composing songs within the identifiable traditi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jesus is risen, alleluia!
Swahili Title: Mfurahini, haleluya
Author: Bernard Kyamanywa
Author (English): John L. Bell
Meter: 9.9.9.9 with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Come, let us worship him
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: English version © John L. Bell / WGRG; © 1968 Lutheran Theological College, Makomira, Tanzania, admin. Augsburg Fortress

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Ancient and Modern #206

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #409

Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #409

Singing the Faith #304

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