“Lift up your hearts, for Christ has conquered death! The night is past, the day of life is here!”
Our Easter anthem is a paraphrase of the Exultet, which is chanted by the deacon at the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening before Easter.
The setting our choir is singing was written by Richard Shephard, who just passed away in February at the age of 71, after a long illness. Born in Britain, he was a composer, educator, fundraiser for restoration work, Chamberlain of York Minster, and head of the Minster school. His church choir anthems are popular and widely sung, and he was recognized as “one of the most significant composers of church music of his time.” This anthem has been sung at St. John’s for many years and continues to be a favorite of the choir. We have combined it with Easter morning photos of the church, the sunrise service, and the Easter egg hunt in the park. Happy Easter!
“ Your Savior lives: he’s with you evermore! Let all God’s people shout the great Amen.” by Darlene James