April holds the days of Holy Week, and the celebration of the resurrection at Easter. Maundy Thursday brings the remembrance of the Last Supper of the Lord and of our forgiveness. Good Friday brings the story of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus. On Easter Sunday we sing “Alleluia” and rejoice in Christ’s resurrection. After the more somber reflective music we have heard during Lent we now sing “Alleluia” and proclaim that Jesus Christ Is Risen Today. This hymn, no. 365 in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, is a corporate hymn of praise and alleluias for our redemption and eternal life through Christ’s victory over death and the grave. This festival hymn opens the Easter Sunday procession and ushers us into the joyous season of Easter.
— David McNease