“If Jesus Christ is not risen from the dead, there is not one glimmer of hope for the human race.” – Konrad Adenauer
John Mason Neale was a churchman and historian living in the mid 19th century. Neale was a member of the Church of England, but had a healthy appreciation for the hymns of the anciet and medieval churches. He was involved in many projects and publications in efforts to refine and reform the practices of the church, but his main work was the translation of ancient hymns into English. Neale translated such well known hymns as “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” and “All Glory Laud and Honor.” In all Neale translated over 100 hymns from Latin, Greek, Syrian, and other languages. One of these hymns is “O Sons and Daughters Let Us Sing.” The original hymn was composed by a Franciscan monk named Jean-Tisserand sometime around 1490. Little is known about the life of Tisserand, but he (with Neale’s help) has left us a powerful testimony to the ressurection of Jesus Christ. The hymn highlights the experience of the women at the empty tomb and the appearance of the risen Christ to the the apostles, and the intimate call of Christ to Thomas to see, touch, and believe. I hope my interpretation of this hymn can be a blessing to you as you celebrate the resurrection year round.
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Words by Jean Tisserand
Translated by John Mason Neale
Music Copyright 2008 Eric Parker/BMI
Eric Parker – vocals, acoustic guitar
Fred Schendel – keys, electric guitar, synths
Robert Streets – production, drums, backing vocals
Steve Babb – bass guitar