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Nathan Howe: Resurrection Hymn

Jesus Christ, Music
Author: Mark
Thursday, April 16, 2015
5:03 am

Nathan Howe

This morning, I received a LinkedIn connection request from Nathan Howe, Vocal and Orchestral Music Teacher at a school in Morgan County, Colorado. I was thrilled to accept the connection.

A few years ago, I was asked to substitute as gospel doctrine teacher in our ward one springtime Sunday.  The topic? The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  What a great subject!  By good fortune, as I prepared for the class, I found a link on the Internet to download sheet music to the beautiful Resurrection Hymn Nathan had composed and arranged. My daughter Holly graciously and gloriously sang this hymn to start the class period. As the class unfolded, one of the most miraculous experiences of my life occurred. I will talk about that in a later post.

As stated on Nathan Howe’s website: 

This piece was written for use in a sacrament meeting on Easter of 2010. The song was subsequently revised and performed for “Reflections on Christ,” a Good Friday cultural event sponsored by the Loveland, Colorado Stake in 2011. It is a musical testimony that through the Atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we will all one day be resurrected and stand before God in the flesh. Also, the song affirms that because of the sacrifice of Christ, we may be comforted and healed through the power of the Holy Ghost.

This year, our ward choir director was looking for Easter music our choir could sing.  I was pleased to find that Nathan had prepared an SATB choir arrangement.  Last Sunday, we sang this beautiful hymn in sacrament meeting.

I particularly like these phrases:

Though he has drunk our bitter cup,
And for our sake his blood was shed,
He is not here, but risen up!
Seek not the living from the dead!

He comprehended every pain,
Knew every weakness, every sin,
For only he could break the chains
And bring the captives home again.

Thank you, Nathan, for so eloquently testifying of the living Christ!


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