'Christ the Lord is Risen Today'
Written by 18th century prolific Methodist hymn-writer Charles Wesley, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” is oft used at Easter Sunday services in churches across the United States.
“There have been some changes over the years, and the song you are most familiar with is likely different than Wesley’s original composition,” explained the website Reasonable Theology.
“Originally the song consisted of eleven stanzas, without the ‘Alleluias!’ that echoes throughout the unfolding celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.”
“Although many hymnals feature a much shorter version of this hymn – often just four stanzas – versions of this hymn have been enthusiastically sung in Easter services for over 280 years.”