7. So feiern wir das hohe Fest

From Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4, Versus 6

Johann Sebastian Bach
e minor
43 measures

German text

English translation

So feiern wir das hohe Fest
Thus we celebrate the high feast [Easter]
Mit Herzensfreud und Wonne,
With joy of heart and gladness,
Das uns der Herr scheinen lässt,
[The feast] that the Lord lets shine upon us;
Er ist selber die Sonne,
He himself is the sun,
Der durch seiner Gnaden Glanz
Who through his luster of grace
Erleuchtet unsre Herzen ganz,
Illumines our hearts entirely;
Der Sünden Nacht ist verschwunden.
The night of sin has vanished.

About the text

  • Author: Unknown
  • From Martin Luther’s Easter hymn of 1524, adapted from the Latin sequence Victimae paschali laudes, and modelled on the hymn Christ ist erstanden (Dürr 2005, 263–264)
  • Scripture readings for the day: 1 Corinthians 5:6–5:8; Mark 16:1–16:8


  • Soprano solo
  • Tenore solo
  • Continuo: Organo


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