The Lutheran Heritage Chorale for this Easter Day is the ancient German sacred folk song “Christ Is Arisen,” Hymn 459. It was already 400 years old when it became one of Luther’s favorite hymns. Like “To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray” (LSB 768) and “These Are the Holy Ten Commands” (LSB 581) this song is a Leise, a German folk hymn that ends with the words, “Lord, have mercy.” These songs were the equivalent of our beloved Christmas carols and were sung on pilgrimages and in processions outside the church on festival days, as well as in church, at home, and in schools. The early Lutheran church readily adopted them into its treasury of hymns. The “minor” sounding key surprises our modern sensibilities but was considered weighty and majestic, befitting the text.