“He is Risen!” We only imagine the overwhelming joy that filled the women’s hearts as they internalized these words. Yet, as generations before us have done, we realize that the joy was not theirs alone. Because He has risen, we have hope of future life, just as certain as the stench of the corpses that have marked our human existence for millennia.
The hope that can be expressed by the reversal of our most dreadful situation requires new words. “Hallelujah” roughly means “praise God”, but more generally allows us to give voice to our deep excitement. It’s no wonder that Charles Wesley chose to repeat it over and over in his poem “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.”
“Christ the Lord is Risen Today” has become a key part of our Easter tradition. How can you help the children engage with this great hymn?
Simple action for the hymn “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”
If you don’t have a collection of colored scarves, you’ll want to go purchase or make some. The exact colors don’t matter, just so the effect of the clothes together is bright and cheerful.
During the “Hallelujah” refrain, encourage the children to wave the scarves triumphantly in the air. This action is simple enough that you could introduce it for the first time on Easter Sunday, and the children will be able to engage meaningfully with the purpose of the hymn.
Signs to go with the lyrics of the hymn Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Music is the means by which we connect the theology in our minds with the emotions in our hearts. In order to internalize the truth of this hymn, I researched some signs from American Sign Language to use with each line. By signing the meaningful verbs of each line, we understand the truths more deeply.
If you have several Sundays before Easter, or if you have time for a more involved lesson, the signs in the video below will work well for children ages five and up.
He is Risen! “HALLELUJAH!”
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