Three Days (our world was broken)

View up the stairs inside the tomb to the light of resurrection - 1.Three days our world was broken; the Lord of life lay dead. Take up your cross, he told us who followed where he led. Would we now hang in torment with thieves on ev’ry side, Our Passover shattered, our hope crucified? Three days we hid in silence, in bitter fear and grief. Three days we clung together where he had washed our feet. 2.Three days-and on the third day, the women came at dawn. His tomb, they said, was empty, his broken body gone. Who could believe their story? The dead do not arise, Yet he walks among us, and with our own eyes We’ve seen him at this table; we’ve share his bread and wine. Hearts burning bright within us, we’ve seen his glory shine. 3.Three days our world was broken and in an instant healed, God’s covenant of mercy in mystery revealed. Two thousand years are one day in God’s eternal sight, And yesterday’s sorrows are this day’s delight. Though still Christ’s body suffers, pierced daily by the sword, Yet death has no dominion: the risen Christ is Lord!
This hymn about the resurrection was written by American Roman Catholic composer, pastoral musician, journalist, editor and author MD Ridge (1938-2017).

It was first published in 1999, and later included in Ridge's 2003 collection "A Light in Darkness".

 Sheet music for the hymn is available from OCP, or for the entire Light In Darkness collection from SheetMusicPlus (link below).

With meter 13 13 13 11 13 13  it was written for a very slightly adapted setting of THAXTED by Gustav Holst(1874–1934), and later arranged by Jeffrey HonorĂ©.

Image adapted from Resurrection / licence.



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The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1.Three days our world was broken; the Lord of life lay dead.
... Three days we clung together where he had washed our feet.

2.Three days-and on the third day, the women came at dawn ...

3.Three days our world was broken and in an instant healed,
... Yet death has no dominion: the risen Christ is Lord!


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