Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Friday 18 June |
Saint of the Day: St. Gregory Barbarigo
home iconArt & Culture
line break icon

Hymn of the week: “Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands”

J-P Mauro - published on 04/15/18

A beautiful fanfare for the second week of Easter.

Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands,
for our offenses given;
but now at God’s right hand He stands
and brings us light from heaven.

“Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bonds” is a 16th-century hymn whose lyrics were written by Martin Luther. Traditionally sung on the second week of Easter, the hymn reflects on the sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross, as well as the glory of his resurrection.

This recording was made by Concordia Publishing House for their album, Hymns for All Saints: Lent, Easter, Pentecost, which is full of hymns from their published hymnals. The recording features a rousing horn fanfare, as well as a perfectly blended chorus that provides the listener with clearly distinguishable lyrics, thanks to their great diction.

Martin Luther wrote this hymn in 1524, in preparation for his German mass. During this time he lived with court composer, Johann Walther, who is credited with the hymn’s tune, also known as “CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN.” Although the work is attributed to Walther, it is believed that Luther had a hand in the arrangement, as the lyrics and music were both written during a 3-week period in which they shared the same house.

Tags:
Christian MusicHymn
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT
Cerith Gardiner
Nightbirde’s deep faith shines in her viral performance on ...
2
Lords' Prayer
Philip Kosloski
What does “hallowed be thy name” mean in the Our Fath...
3
HOMILY
Magnús Sannleikur
5-year-old boy interrupts homily and asks for prayers for his int...
4
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
5
Edifa
4 Phrases about Jesus that you should never say to your child
6
Revista Misión
Interview: The husband of Chiara Corbella on his wife’s sac...
7
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.