O Risen Christ, Our Living Hope


This song is loosely based on John Chandler’s text “O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart’s Desire,” a translation of the Latin hymn, “Jesu, nostra redemption, amor et desiderium.” It explores our dying and rising with Christ–a perfect theme for Easter season.

words and music by Greg Scheer
text adapted from the Latin hymn Jesu, nostra redemptio, amor et desiderium (trans. John Chandler, 1837)
copyright May 12, 2021
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1. O risen Christ, our living hope,
our loving Savior whom we sing
a grateful song of endless love
a tune that flows from mercy’s stream:

How vast the grace, how great the love–
as deep as any sea.
You died our death and rose to life
that we might live abundantly.

2. Long were we trapped in sin’s foul grasp–
a darkened dungeon of despair–
until you stormed the gates of death.
Life filled our lungs, hope filled the air.

How vast the grace…

3. And now we live in Jesus Christ,
those once discarded, now redeemed.
Christ bore our death, we share his life,
and all our days repeat the theme:

How vast the grace…

4. Were we to have a thousand lives
and endless breath to sing your praise,
no song could speak, no tongue express,
no mind could know, no heart convey:

How vast the grace…