Happy Easter!

Catch the excitement of Christ’s Resurrection with Bach’s famous Easter Oratorio! Because He is risen, every sunrise is a promise of the believer’s own resurrection. As Bach aptly stated in the final chorus, “Hell and devil are conquered, its gates are destroyed. Rejoice, you rescued tongues, so that you are heard in heaven.” He has risen, indeed!

English Translation, thanks to Emmanuel Music:

1. Sinfonia

2. Aria (Duet) T B
Come, hurry and run, you speedy feet,
reach the cavern which conceals Jesus!
Laugter and merriment
accompanies our hearts,
since our Savior is risen again.
Come, hurry and run, you speedy feet,
reach the cavern which conceals Jesus!
Laugter and merriment
accompanies our hearts,
since our Savior is risen again.

3. Recitative (Mary Magdalene [A], Mary Jacobi [S], Peter [T], John [B])

Mary Magdalene
O cold hearts of men!
Where has your love gone,
that you owe to the Savior?

Mary Jacobi
A weak woman must put you to shame!

Peter
Alas, a troubled grieving

John
and anxious heartache

Peter, John
along with salty tears
and woeful longing
were intended as a salve for Him.

Mary Jacobi, Mary Magdalene
Which you, like us, prepared in vain.

4. Aria S
O soul, your spices
shall no longer be myrrh.
For only
crowning with the laurel wreath
will quiet your anxious longing.

5. Recitative (Peter [T], John [B], Mary Magdalene [A])

Peter
Here is the grave

John
and here the stone
which sealed it.
Where, however, can my Savior be?

Mary Magdalene
He is risen from the dead!
We encountered an angel
who gave us these tidings.

Peter
Here I behold, with pleasure,
His shroud lying tossed aside.

6. Aria T
Gentle shall my death-throes be,
only a slumber,
Jesus, because of your shroud.
Indeed, it will refresh me there,
and the tears of my suffering
it will tenderly wipe from my cheeks.

7. Recitative (Duet) S A
Meanwhile we sigh
with burning desire:

Ah, could it only happen soon,
to see the Savior ourselves!

8. Aria A
Tell me, tell me quickly,
say where I can find Jesus,
whom my soul loves!
O come, come, embrace me;
for without You my heart is
completely orphaned and wretched.

9. Recitative B
We are delighted
that our Jesus lives again,
and our hearts,
which first dissolved and floated in grief,
forget the pain
and imagine songs of joy;
for our Savior lives again.

10. Chorus
Praise and thanks
remain, Lord, your hymn of praise.
Hell and devil are conquered,
its gates are destroyed.
Rejoice, you rescued tongues,
so that you are heard in heaven.
Open, o heavens, your magnificent drawbridges,
the Lion of Judah approaches in triumph!

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