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This is the Day

Full Text

1 This is the day, this is the day
that the Lord has made, that our God has made.
We will rejoice, we will rejoice,
and be glad in it, and be glad in it.
This is the day that the Lord has made,
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day
that the Lord has made.

2 Open to us, open to us
the gates of God, the gates of God;
we will go in, we will go in,
and praise the Lord, and praise the Lord.
Open to us the gates of God;
we will go in and praise the Lord.
Open to us, open to us
the gates of God.

3 You are our God, you are our God
we will praise your name, we will praise your name;
we will give thanks, we will give thanks,
for your faithfulness, for your faithfulness.
You are our God; we will praise your name;
we will give thanks for your faithfulness.
You are our God, you are our God;
we will praise your name.

Source: Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #118K

Paraphraser (st. 1): Les Garrett

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Text Information

First Line: This is the day (This is the day)
Title: This is the Day
Paraphraser (st. 1): Les Garrett (1967)
Meter: Irregular
Source: Traditional (st. 2-3)
Language: English
Copyright: St. 1 © 1967, 1980, Scripture in Song. Admin by Integrity Music.


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



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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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #676
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #277
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #s.28Text
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #759
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #305
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #219Text
Praises We Sing (2nd ed.) #25
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #118KText
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The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #841
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The New Century Hymnal #84
The United Methodist Hymnal #657
The Worshiping Church #801
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #262Text
Total Praise: Songs and other worship resources for every generation #105
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #412
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