This carol of the Resurrection is thought to have been written by the Franciscan Jean Tisserand in the late 1400s. It relates two details from the the account of the Resurrection, the women speaking to the angel at the empty tomb, as related in the Gospel of Matthew, and the doubting of Thomas, as related in the Gospel of John.
O sons and daughters of the King,
whom heavenly hosts in glory sing,
today the grave has lost its sting.
That Easter morn at break of day,
the faithful women went their way
to seek the tomb where Jesus lay.
An angel clad in white they see,
who sat and spoke unto the three,
“Your Lord has gone to Galilee.”
At night the apostles met in fear;
among them came their Master dear
and said, “My peace be with you here.”
When Thomas first the tidings heard
that some had seen the risen Lord,
he doubted the disciples’ word.
Lord, have mercy!
“My pierced side, O Thomas, see,
and look upon my hands, my feet;
not faithless but believing be.”
No longer Thomas then denied;
he saw the feet, the hands, the side.
“You are my Lord and God!” he cried.
How blest are they who have not seen
and yet whose faith has constant been,
for they eternal life shall win.
On this most holy day of days,
our hearts and voices, Lord, we raise
To Thee in jubilee and praise,
Sources: Text translated by J.M Neale & retrieved from hymnary.org. The author of the blog does not own the embedded video but uses it under YouTube’s Terms of Service.