A piano, organ and choir (SATB) arrangement for the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church (SVUMC) from a medley of both "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" (from the UMH # 302, Text by Charles Wesley, 1707-1788 & Music by Lyra Davidica, 1708) and "Crown Him with Many Crowns" (from the UMH # 327, Text by Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894, and Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903 & Music by George J. Elvey, 1816-1893).
"Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" is a Christian hymn associated with Easter. Most of the stanzas were written by Charles Wesley, and the hymn appeared under the title Hymn for Easter Day in Hymns and Sacred Songs by Charles and John Wesley in 1739. It remains a traditional processional hymn on Easter Sunday.
"Faith of Our Fathers" In the 1800s there was great tension between the Catholic and Anglican churches (see: History of Hymns). Crown Him with Many Crowns is a wonderful example of how God takes the troubles of man and turns them around for good (Romans 8:28).
"Crown Him with Many Crowns" was originally penned in 1851 by Matthew Bridges (1800-1894), who once wrote a book condemning Roman Catholic theology, and then later converted to Catholicism. Bridges wrote six stanzas, based upon Revelations 19:12, “...and on His head were many crowns.” Godfrey Thring (1823-1903) was a devout Anglican clergyman who was concerned that this popular hymn was allowing Catholic theology to be sung by protestant congregations. And so he wrote six new verses.
This piece is best played using the "GeneralUser GS.sf2" Soundfont by S. Christian Collins Software http://www.schristiancollins.com/generaluser.php).