O Praise the Name (Anastasis)

Today’s song is a song that I have not led in worship but one that is rising on the CCLI charts, not that I follow that, but it will lead me to songs that I find interesting and possibilities for leading in worship.  This one comes from Hillsong.  I’ve listed the lyrics under the video.  The song is titled “O Praise the Name (Anatasis.)  You may wonder what Anatasis means.  Here is the definition:

  1. a raising up, rising (e.g. from a seat)
  2. a rising from the dead
    1. that of Christ
    2. that of all men at the end of this present age

This is a great new song.  If I lead it in worship, we will have to pull the key down a few notches – it’s a bit high even for this tenor.  I encourage you to meditate on this song this morning.

I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me
I see His wounds His hands His feet
My Saviour on that cursed tree

His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid Him down in Joseph’s tomb
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone

O praise the Name of the Lord our God
O praise His Name forevermore
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord oh Lord our God

Then on the third at break of dawn
The Son of heaven rose again
O trampled death where is your sting
The angels roar for Christ the King

He shall return in robes of white
The blazing sun shall pierce the night
And I will rise among the saints
My gaze transfixed on Jesus’ face

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