This is the Day

Paraphraser (st. 1): Les Garrett

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Notes

Scripture References:
st.1 = Ps. 118:24
st.2 = Matt. 28:1-7
st.3 = Acts 2:1-4, Rev. 1:10

With its first stanza based on Psalms 118:24. “This Is the Day” celebrates God’s mighty acts of redemption (originally referring to the Passover before the Exodus), hailing “the day” as a special day of the Lord. Stanzas 2 and 3 refer to other special celebrations of God’s acts – Easter and Pentecost – leading to the implication of Sunday as a special day for worship. Other popular versions of this hymn use “I will rejoice,” even though the biblical text is clearly in the plural “we.”

Stanza 1, paraphrased by Leslie Norman Garret (b. Matamata, North Island, New Zealand, 1943), was first published in his collection Scripture in Song (vol. 1, 1967). Les Garret became a pastor after graduating from the Word of Faith Bible School. Currently he ministers at the Christian Family Center in Maddington (Perth), Australia. He is also a lecturer at Hebron Bible College and has traveled throughout the world speaking at conventions and churches. Garret promotes the singing of Scripture choruses in books such as Scripture in Song.

The anonymous second and third stanzas grew out of the oral tradition surrounding Scripture-chorus singing. In the continuing spirit of oral tradition, many groups have written other stanzas, such as

These are our friends,
that the Lord has made;
we will rejoice
and be glad with them.

Liturgical Use:
Praise occasions.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

THIS IS THE DAY (Fijian)

THIS IS THE DAY is presumably a folk tune from Fiji, arranged by Les Garret for use with stanza 1. Antiphonal performance between two parts of the congregation works well. Rather than give verbal instructions, a song leader can direct simply by signaling to each group when they are to sing. For exam…

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Timeline

Instances

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African American Heritage Hymnal #108

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #759

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #359

Baptist Hymnal 2008 #571

Chalice Hymnal #286

Church Family Worship #319

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #194

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #676

Complete Mission Praise #691

Hymns for a Pilgrim People #277

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #s.28

Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #194

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #305

Lift Every Voice and Sing II #219

Praises We Sing (2nd ed.) #25

Psalms for All Seasons #118K

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #241

Rejoice Hymns #622

Santo, Santo, Santo #379

Sing 'N' Praise Hymnal Vol. 2 #94

Sing and Rejoice! #118

Sing Joyfully #84

Singing the Faith #152

Songs for Life #3

The Celebration Hymnal #209

The Covenant Hymnal #841

The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #590

The New Century Hymnal #84

The United Methodist Hymnal #657

The Worshiping Church #801

This Far By Faith #262

Total Praise #105

Voices United #412

Worship and Rejoice #652

Worship the Lord #9

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