In Honor Of Father Nelson Koscheski


There Silence Was

"This new Easter hymn was penned by Fr. Nelson Koscheski, who passed away this past weekend, and adapted and co-tuned by Ryan Flanigan and Isaac Gill.  It is based on the Collect (focused prayer) from the Book of Common Prayer for Holy Saturday, the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter Sunday.  It is one of the most perplexing and under-observed days of the Christian year.  The one in whom the disciples hoped and trusted was dead an buried.

Father Nelson uses the biblical images of buried seed, hidden light, and silenced mouth to beautifully portray the scene.  The resurrection life that the disciples would soon experience, and we by their witness, is captured in one of Father Nelson's finest verses of poetry: verse 5 below.” (Ryan Flanigan)

Written by Ryan Flanigan (BMI), Nelson Koscheski (BMI), Isaac Gill (ASCAP)
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         G                         Am                         G
There silence, darkness, and death’s sorrow was
    Am                   Em       C       G
In Jesus’ Sabbath rest within the tomb
       G                       Am             G
The Son of Man had given up his life
    Am                           Em      C       G
A stone had closed the Lord in silent gloom
Am   G      C     G      Am   Em   C    G
Ooh Ooh, Ooh Ooh, Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh 

A seed had fallen to the stone-cold earth
And, gently, as the silent Sabbath fled
That seed began to sprout its living shoot
As new life rose and into daylight sped

   C                         Em                     D
The light that since creation’s birth had shone
         Am                Bm                        D
Was hidden by the stone that closed it in
      G                   Am                           G
But with a burst of light that marked the shroud
       Am                        Em             C      G
The light of Christ, new light, shone out again
Am   G      C     G      Am   Em   C    G
Ooh Ooh, Ooh Ooh, Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh 

The mouth that spoke from God’s own depths his Word
Was silenced by a facecloth on his head
But, glorified, he spoke the word anew
The Word himself had risen from the dead

New growth now comes to those who stomped the seed
And those who quashed the lamp now walk in light
Now those who silenced God can hear him speak
Dead live, deaf hear, and blind receive their sight
Ooh Ooh, Ooh Ooh, Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh 



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