As we are in the Easter season, I thought it would be insightful to share a brief history of two of the Easter hymns, as the history of Easter hymn tunes is rich with tradition and spiritual significance.

"O Filii et Filiae" or as we know it, “O Sons and Daughters,” is a joyful melody from the 15th century and tells the story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Originally penned by Jean Tisserand, a Franciscan friar, it is celebrated for its alleluia refrains and lilting melody, embodying Easter's triumph.

The "Easter Hymn" or we know it, “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today,” is extracted from the 1890 opera "Cavalleria Rusticana" by Pietro Mascagni and became a beloved tune in Easter services due to its dramatic and uplifting surge, ideal for conveying the resurrection's glory. These hymns have transcended their origins, both sacred and secular, to become central musical expressions of Easter’s message of renewal and hope that we continue to sing to this day.

In Christ, Zach Hastings Director of Music

Zach Hastings, Director of Music at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church Zach Hastings is the Director of Music at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha Nebraska

Zach studied organ performance at Iowa State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in 2016. He has been an organist, bell choir director, and director of worship primarily in the central Iowa area. He continually seeks opportunities to grow as a musician through various conferences and seminars. Zach currently serves on the Central Iowa American Guild of Organists (AGO) Executive Committee, and on the American Guild of Organists Young Organists (AGOYO) National Board.