Number: 120
Title: Hail Thee, Festival Day!
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906
Author: Venantius Honorius Fortunatus (c. 530-609) Trans. Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978
Theme: Easter

    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:

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:

3.  God the Almighty, the Lord,
    The ruler of earth and the heavens,
    Guard us from harm without;
    Cleanse us from evil within:

4.  Jesus, the health of the world, 
    Enlighten our minds, great Redeemer,
    Son of the Father supreme,
    Only begotten of God:

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:

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: