O Filii et Filiae

1 O sons and daughters of the King,
whom heavenly hosts in glory sing,
today the grave has lost its sting.
Alleluia!

2 That Easter morn at break of day,
the faithful women went their way
to seek the tomb where Jesus lay.
Alleluia!

3 An angel clad in white they see,
who sat and spoke unto the three,
“Your Lord has gone to Galilee.”
Alleluia!

4 When Thomas first the tidings heard
that some had seen the risen Lord,
he doubted the disciples’ word.
Lord, have mercy!

5 At night the apostles met in fear;
among them came their Master dear
and said, “My peace be with you here.”
Alleluia!

6 “My pierced side, O Thomas, see,
and look upon my hands, my feet;
not faithless but believing be.”
Alleluia!

7 No longer Thomas then denied;
he saw the feet, the hands, the side.
“You are my Lord and God!” he cried.
Alleluia!

8 How blest are they who have not seen
and yet whose faith has constant been,
for they eternal life shall win.
Alleluia!

(Jean Tisserand, O.F.M. – d. 1494 )