“And we behold you living.” With John of Damascus in the eighth century, his translator John Mason Neale in the nineteenth century, and the whole creation, we too sing.
“Come, you faithful, raise the strain of triumphant gladness!
God has brought forth Israel into joy from sadness,
loosed from Pharaohs’s bitter yoke Jacob’s sons and daughters;
led them with unmoistened foot through the Red Sea waters.
Neither could the gates of death, nor the tomb’s dark portal,
nor the watchers, nor the seal, hold you as a mortal: but today, among your own,
you appear, bestowing your deep peace, which evermore
passes human knowing.
Alleluia! now we cry to our Lord immortal,
who triumphant burst the bars of the tomb’s dark portal;
Alleluia! with the Son God the Father praising;
Alleluia! yet again to the Spirit raising.
– John of Damascus, “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain,” ELW 363