From "Merry Easter" by Frederica Methewes-Green (a reading in my Lenten book)
"It's that time of year again, when school children are coloring pictures of Jesus hanging from a cross, and shop owners fill their windows with gaily colored cutouts of the Flogging at the Pillar. In the malls everyone is humming along with seasonal hits on the sound system, like "O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded" (did you hear the Chipmunks' version?). Car dealers are promoting Great Big Empty Tomb Size discounts on Toyotas. Yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Easter..."
The sarcasm in her words is hard to miss. She goes on to say, "Somehow we just don't make the same boisterous fun of Holy Week that we do of Christmas. No one plans to have a holly jolly Easter." Her thoughts resonate with me.
But as for some Easter Carols.... for the Easter seaaon, that is something I CAN do.
Hello, iTunes! Make a mix of songs that remind you of the cross, Jesus' sacrifice and the joyful resurrection. They don't all have to be slow, mournful tunes. Although be sure to put some thoughtful ones in mix.
This is my Lent Mix. It starts with Hosanna and songs that remind me of Christ's entry into Jerusalem....songs in the middle focus on the cross, His sacrifice....and songs at the end sing praises of his victory over death.
So if you are looking for some tunes....Here are my suggestions.
Let's fill our homes with music that reminds us of the season.