Christ Is Alive!
An Easter anthem for choir and orchestra.

Duration: 4' 45"
Difficulty: 3/5

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Text
Christ Is Alive!
Brian Wren (1936- )

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
     His cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
     His love in death shall never die.

Christ is alive! No longer bound
     to distant years in Palestine
he comes to claim the here and now
     and conquer every place and time.

Not throned above, remotely high,
     untouched, unmoved by human pains
but daily, in the midst of life
     our Savior with the Father reigns.

In every insult, rift, and war
     where color, scorn or wealth divide,
he suffers still, yet loves the more,
     and lives, though ever crucified.

Christ is alive! His Spirit burns
     through this and every future age,
till all creation lives and learns
     his joy, his justice, love and praise.

© Copyright 1975 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Commission & Performance History
Christ Is Alive! was premiered on Easter Sunday, March 30, 1986 at the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California with Howard Stevenson conducting. The work was performed in 1992 at London's Royal Albert Hall by the All Souls Choir and Orchestra with Noel Tredinnick conducting.