It was composed in 1971 for the Roman Catholic charismatic "Word of God Community" in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, but quickly grew in popularity and was published hymnals used by Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches throughout the English-speaking world. It's also known as a praise and worship song in some churches.
With meter 8.8 with refrain, the lyrics are set to the tune CHURCH STREET also by Fishel. This tune is often called ALLELUIA NO.1 - and this name is often used for the entire hymn.
The tune has a 3/4 time signature, and was originally published in the key of Emaj. Many current publications are in the key of F, and have CC F F GAFF as the first few notes.
It is still included in many in-print hymnals eg Catholic Hymns Old and New, 2008. Also, sheet music is available for purchase-and-download from OCP.
Professional recording, children's choir with solo cantor
Church choir with organ:
Solo singer accompanying herself on guitar:
LyricsThe lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. The lyrics and guitar chords (in the key of C) are available from this website.
The song starts with a two-line chorus, which is repeated after each of the two line verses. A rough outline is:
Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord
Alleluia, alleluia! Give praise to His name.
1 Jesus is Lord of all the earth ....
2 Spread the good news ...
3 We have been crucified ...
4 God has proclaimed ...
5 Come let us praise the living God ...