Musical Notes ♫♬ (Archive)

While I'm still riding that post Easter high I have one final hymn meditation for us.  My Hope is that as the glory we experienced during Holy Week fades the message of hope and resurrection burns bright all year.  For our offertory this Sunday the entire congregation will sing the hymn "Now the Green Blade Rises" (ELW #379 NOËL NOUVELET).  While this is a hymn that I grew up singing it has become one of my favorites.  I was an organ intern at an Episcopalian church when I first heard this hymn and each Easter season when it would roll around my professor and the choir would get very excited to sing it again.  Personally it is full of fond memories but it's not hard to see how the charming melody and the beautiful, poetic text can hook you.

There is no significant tale behind the lyricist or the melody.  The poet was an English priest and the melody is an old French carol.  Perhaps the two most interesting things for me that you could analyze would be the metaphors used and the fact that the simple tune is in e minor, unusual for a celebratory season, or the fact that we don't sing Alleluia even one time.  In my thinking this is a hymn that gets renewed attention at Easter but we should be singing it every day of the year.  Two important things that strike me in this text.  One is the word love.  I think this is perhaps the most profound message of the entire Holy Week and of the entire Christian message and one we so easily forget.  We sing the hymn "What Wondrous Love" and "Ubi Caritas" on Holy Thursday, on Good Friday we sing over and over again about our "dear Friend" who took our place on the cross so that we might "die safely in thy love" and even in our opening hymn  on Easter Sunday that is filled will descants and trumpets we sing "praise eternal as his love".  The second think that strikes me is the entire 4th verse.  It reminds us that no matter what dark days we face or will face we can come back to the Easter story time and time again to find hope, a call back to life and love.  The glory of Easter is a glory that lives 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

May you experience that hope and love all the days of your lives.

       Gretchen Mundinger




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