Festvities, Hymn Symbolize Joy of Easter
Throughout much of the Spanish-speaking
world, there is no more colorful or momentous time of
year than Holy Week. The week begins with Palm Sunday
(el Domingo de Ramos), includes Good Friday (el Viernes
Santo), and ends with Easter (la Pascua de Resurrección).
Known as Semana Santa, the week marks the triumphal
entry of Jesus into Jerusalem followed by his death
It is celebrated nearly everywhere in Latin America
and Spain with religious observances and various types
of processions. In some areas, the celebrations can
become quite elaborate. Those in places such as Antigua,
Guatemala, and Ayacucho, Peru, draw celebrants from
throughout the world. In most of the Spanish-speaking
world, Easter rivals if not surpasses Christmas as a
time for celebration. You can learn more about such
celebrations from other About Guides by following the
links in the box at right; you can also learn more about
how various traditions within Christianity understand
Regardless of where or how it is celebrated, there
is perhaps no hymn for Christians that better expresses
the spirit of the Easter season than Charles Wesley's
Christ the Lord is Risen Today, shown below in a Spanish
translation. In case you need help understanding the
words, a vocabulary list follows the song. It lists
the song's words other than cognates and basic vocabulary
(although beginners may not be familiar with the verb
As you well may know if you've ever tried translating
songs from one language to another, getting something
approaching an exact translation of a hymn is challenging
at best, and more so if you're trying to maintain a
rhyme scheme. Sometimes, as was done with this song,
the translators do well to convey the themes and general
thoughts of the song rather than seeking a literal interpretation.
Go to the following page if you'd like to see how a
translation of the Spanish into English differs from
the English version of the song.
Cristo ha resucitado
Cristo ha resucitado; ¡Aleluya!
Hoy gozoso oíd el canto; ¡Aleluya!
Con trompetas proclamad: ¡Aleluya!
Cielo y tierra entonad: ¡Aleluya!
Nuestro Rey hoy tiene vida; ¡Aleluya!
y la muerte fue vencida; ¡Aleluya!
Él murió para salvar, ¡Aleluya!
y la tumba conquistar; ¡Aleluya!
Su amor lo ha logrado; ¡Aleluya!
Redención Él no ha dado; ¡Aleluya!
Su agonía terminó; ¡Aleluya!
En fulgor se levantó; ¡Aleluya!
canto: singing, song
cielo: sky, heaven
conquistar: to conquer
entonar: to modulate, sound a tone
levantarse: to rise, get up
lograr: to achieve, attain, fulfill morir: to die
resucitar: to revive, bring back to life
salvar: to save
tierra: world, earth, ground
vencer: to conquer, defeat
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