Hallelujah: Creation and Resurrection

This week a friend alerted me to a YouTube Video that has gone viral of an Irish priest who surprised a couple at their wedding by singing to them his rendition of Leonard Cohen’s haunting and mystical melody “Hallelujah.”  If you haven’t heard it or are unfamiliar with the tune, the link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYKwqj5QViQ&feature=player_embedded   My friend, who alerted me, challenged me to write my own lyrics to the same tune, so I did!  My lyrics reflect the theme of Creation and Resurrection based of Genesis 1:1-5 and John 20:19-23.  I didn’t make a YouTube Video, but I share the lyrics as a poem.  If you want music you can sing them to the tune yourself, or more significantly the poem can serve as a reflection for Holy Week and Easter. I see a distinct correlation between creation and the theme of death and resurrection which is central to this week and our shared faith – something to reflect upon.  A blessed Holy Week and Easter to you!

Creation and Resurrection

Despair and dark is all around
no wonder, or purpose, or sacred sound
reality devoid of hope – formless void
a wind blows strong
wake up, arise
a word takes flight
a stellar light
life ignites and echoes an Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hiding in a dwelling apart
disciples submit to the primal dark
then Love and Peace breathes on them – imagine!
“Peace be with you”
take heart, pure grace,
great Love declared,
sincere hope shared,
and then they dared to sing the Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

When dark and fear hold me at bay
from walking on the path of love’s way
I face who I am and yet could be – tomorrow
Love then proclaims
fear not, be brave,
I’m clearly shown
I’m not alone
my life intones a joyful Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah


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  1. Rod Schofield

    Thank you, Joe, for posting your poem. It is a unique view of the passion story as we enter Holy Week.



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