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The Day of Resurrection (2016)

for double SATB choir | 00:03:00

by Melissa Dunphy | text by John of Damascus

Commissioned for the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus (Philip Barnes, Artistic Director) by Linda and Bruce Ryder, for the SLCC's composer-in-residence program.

"[Composer-in-residence Melissa Dunphy's] “The Day of Resurrection” is written for double choir, a Chamber Chorus specialty, with liturgical echoes. Written mostly in 7/8 time, the music has an urgency that reflects the triumphal theme of the words. The new piece is a winner, and the choir gave it a superb performance." [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

The day of resurrection!
Alleluia! Let it shine!
The passover of gladness.
The passover of God.
For Christ has brought us
from death to life,
from earth to heaven.
Triumph! Sing triumph!
Let us purify our hearts
and behold
the radiant light
of resurrection
and hear: "Rejoice!"
Triumph! Sing triumph!
Let the heavens rejoice,
the earth be glad,
and all things seen and unseen
sing triumph! Alleluia!
For our eternal joy has risen!

Adapted by Melissa Dunphy from the Paschal Canon by John of Damascus

Artwork by Jastrow (Wiki Commons public domain)


  • 12 Apr, 2020: Choir of St Paul's Burlingame at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Burlingame, CA
  • 01 Apr, 2018: Saint John’s Cathedral Choir at Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver, CO
  • 12 Nov, 2016: Saint Louis Chamber Chorus at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, MO
  • 02 Oct, 2016: Saint Louis Chamber Chorus at Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, Saint Louis, MO