Originally known as the ‘Hymn for Easter Day’, CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY, was written by Charles Wesley in 1739, to be sung during the first service at the new Wesleyan Chapel in London, England. This chapel was in a deserted iron foundry converted into a place of worship. It became known as the Foundry Meeting House. Charles hymn was initially written with 11 verses but was later reduced to 6 stanzas. In the early 19th century, the joyous ‘alleluia’ was added at the end of each line by an unknown editor who wanted to ensure that the hymn fit the tune and message of Easter. As dark as the Easter story is, the sunrise on the third day when it is discovered that our Lord and Saviour is not dead. He has risen! A wonderful cause for celebration…Alleluia!!!
The popularity of this hymn is due in part to the fine and uplifting tune that drives the message. Although there are a few tunes used, the most common one is called the ‘Easter Hymn’.
CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY, has been widely accepted in almost every denomination. It is often used as a processional song of praise and worship during Easter remembrances.