A victorious hymn as the end of the Easter season approaches.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o’er, the battle done;
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.
“The Strife Is O’er” is a 19th-century hymn that celebrates the ultimate victory of Jesus over death and his ascension into heaven. The Alleluias at the beginning signal the joy that is to follow.
It is unknown who wrote the original Latin text, but several people have translated it. The most popular translation comes from Francis Pott, who translated the hymn for his hymnal, Hymns Fitted to the Order of Common Prayer (1861). “The Strife Is O’er” has been a standard Easter tune ever since.
The melody that is most commonly associated with this hymn is called “VICTORY.” It was written by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, one of the most prolific Italian Renaissance composers. Many critics attribute the hymn’s continuing success to the popularity of Palestrina’s melody.
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 eight languages: English, French, Arabic, 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!