Title: Hail Thee, Festival Day!
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
Author: Venantius Honorius Fortunatus (c. 530-609) Trans. Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978
Refrain: Hail thee, festival day! Blest day to be hallowed forever; Day when our Lord was raised, Breaking the kingdom of death. 1. Christ, who was nailed to the cross, Is Lord and the Ruler of nature; All things created on earth Sing to the glory of God: (Refrain) 2. Rise from the grave now, O Lord, The author of life and creation. Treading the pathway of death, New life You give to us all: (Refrain) 3. God the Almighty, the Lord, The ruler of earth and the heavens, Guard us from harm without; Cleanse us from evil within: (Refrain) 4. Jesus, the health of the world, Enlighten our minds, great Redeemer, Son of the Father supreme, Only begotten of God: (Refrain) 5. Spirit of life and of power, Now flow in us, fount of our being, Light that enlightens us all, Life that in all may abide: (Refrain) 6. Praise to the giver of good! O Lover and Author of concord, Pour out Your balm on our days; Order our ways in Your peace: (Refrain)