Easter songs: From the West to the East

Happy Easter, blog readers! You know I enjoy sharing inspiring items from around the globe. Why not celebrate Easter together as a worldwide Christian family?

Spanish-speaking world – Resucitó

My husband doesn’t speak Spanish, but this song always makes him sob! It’s a powerful arrangement; here performed in Mariachi style of Mexico. The title means, “He has risen.”

The lyrics in this video are not translations; the English version (you may sing it in your parish) differs from the Spanish. (I prefer the Spanish!) It begins – Death…Where is death? Where is my death? Where is its victory? He has risen!

Africa – Easter Vigil

I know Easter Vigil usually rocks everyone’s world, no matter where you are. But for one night, I’d like to experience an Easter Vigil Mass in Gauteng, South Africa. Wow! Sounds like they really bring the house down at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish. First video: Before the lights come on. Second video: End of Mass…filled with the Spirit!

Arabic-speaking world – Flash mob ترنيمة: المسيح قام

Lebanon has an awesome Christian population; most of whom are Orthodox or Catholics. Here, a creative group of them organize a flash mob inside Beirut’s City Mall on Easter and sing an Orthodox song, “Jesus is Risen.” Make sure to press the “CC” button for subtitles in English. What a bold way to witness!

Greek-speaking world – Inna Moussa El-`azeem

The East is rich with various Catholic Churches in communion with the Pope, like the Greek Melkite Catholic Church. Their hymns sound, to my Western ears, immediately moving, mysterious, grand, and sacred. Enjoy this song, “The Great Moses,” praising Christ as the Redeemer of mankind.

China – Christ the Lord is Risen Today

If you’re like me, you’ve listened to Fr. Roderick Vonhogen’s adventures in China via the Catholic Insider podcast. I’ve always been interested in keeping up-to-date on the persecuted Church, in places like the Middle East, Africa and China. Enjoy this video of Chinese Christians singing “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” during a combined Mandarin/Hokkien Easter service. It’s a beautiful thing to know that on Easter morning, we’re all singing the same song in different languages.

Do you have an Easter song from your heritage to share? I’d love to hear about it!



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