O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing

O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
It was the Saturday morning after Easter. I was about nine years old. I would much rather have been watching cartoons at home than attending my church's weekly choir school. But the hymn we learned that morning got my attention. Unlike most hymns, this one told a story, verse by verse. Singing the story slowed it down and gave me time to ponder what it must have been like for Thomas and the others to encounter the resurrected Christ. I vividly remember feeling goose bumps as our children's choir sang the story.

Today the haunting "alleluia" refrain that begins and ends this hymn continues to remind us that Easter is as much a contemplation of a deep mystery as it is a festive celebration of life. This ancient hymn still gives me chills.

Most gracious and loving God, give us the grace to enter the story of your Son's resurrection slowly and deeply. Allow us to savor the mystery of death brought to life. Whether we best identify with Thomas "before" or "after," lead us to boldly confess Jesus as "My Lord and my God!" Amen.
O Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing
O sons and daughters, let us sing!
The King of Heaven, the glorious King,
Over death today rose triumphing.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
That Easter morn, at break of day,
The faithful women went their way
To seek the tomb where Jesus lay.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
An angel clad in white they see,
Who sat, and spake unto the three,
“Your Lord doth go to Galilee.”
Alleluia! Alleluia!
That night th’apostles met in fear;
Amidst them came their Lord most dear,
And said, “My peace be on all here.”
Alleluia! Alleluia!
When Thomas first the tidings heard,
How they had seen the risen Lord,
He doubted the disciples’ word.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
“My piercèd side, O Thomas, see;
My hands, My feet, I show to thee;
Not faithless but believing be.”
Alleluia! Alleluia!
No longer Thomas then denied;
He saw the feet, the hands, the side;
“Thou art my Lord and God,” he cried.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
How blessed are they who have not seen,
And yet whose faith has constant been;
For they eternal life shall win.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
On this most holy day of days
Our hearts and voices, Lord, we raise
To Thee, in jubilee and praise.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

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