20+ Easter Hymns Your Church Should Be Singing This Year

Whether you prefer classic Easter hymns or modern worship Easter songs, this collection of popular Easter videos from your favorite performers is sure to move you! Jesus willingly paid all our debts, and these Easter songs and hymns are the perfect way to remember and worship Him!

Easter Hymns - Lyrics, Story Behind the Song and Music Videos

Here are some of the most popular Easter hymns and Easter songs that churches are singing today. Is your favorite one on the list? Below, please find snippets of lyrics for each song, stories behind the songs AND 20+ videos of some of the most popular performances of each song listed. We hope you'll be blessed with this grouping of so many wonder Easter hymns and songs all in one handy resource!

Easter Hymns - Because He Lives

Easter Hymns and Songs - Because He Lives

This song, written by Gloria Gaither in one of her darkest moments is such a reminder to all of us just what we are capable of doing and being, all because He lives!

In his Our Journey devotional, "Because He Lives" Pastor James McDonald asks the question, "Why is Jesus alive?"

He goes on to say, "He’s alive because He rose from the dead—but why? Yes, He’s alive because He is God—but why? Yes, He’s alive “because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24, niv) "

Read more of this devotional at Christianity.com and learn more about Gloria Gaither's story behind "Because He Lives" in this article by Rev. McDowell.

“God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon;
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives. …

″... because I live, ye shall live also.” - John 14:19

Easter Hymns - Crown Him with Many Crowns

Crown Him the Lord of Heav'n:
One with the Father known.
One with the Spirit through Him giv'n
From yonder glorious throne.

Easter Songs - Easter 'Hallelujah'

Easter Songs and Hymns - Easter Hallelujah

Three days went by again they came
To move the stone to bless the slain
With oil and spice anointing hallelujah
But as they went to move the stone
They saw that they were not alone
But Jesus Christ has risen Hallelujah

One day in 2006, a pastor asked Kelley Mooney to sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at their upcoming Easter Sunday. She went searching for the music score but ran into a problem.

Once she started looking into the music, she felt very conflicted. “The lyrics weren’t quite suitable for church,” thought Kelly, who then became inspired by a Holy Week Scriptures booklet about Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

As she read the text in the booklet, she reimagined the message into lyrics.

“After completing the first couple of verses, I called Mom and Dad and ran it past them. They thought it was very accurate. So I wrote two more verses and called them again. Then I wrote the last verse,” says Kelley.

After performing the new version, more and more people began requesting it. Ultimately, a video of her new Christian version, dubbed 'Easter Hallelujah' went very viral online.

Easter Songs - Forever

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him

Easter Hymns - God So Loved the World

I try so hard to find the words to say
To let you know how great is this god to whom i pray
Nothing can nor ever will compare
To the peace that flows in your soul when he is living there

Easter Hymns - He Arose

Easter Hymns and Songs - He Arose

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,

Easter Hymns - How Deep the Father's Love for Us

How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

Easter Hymns - In Christ Alone

Easter Hymns and Songs - In Christ Alone

In Christ Alone was written by Stuart Townsend and Keith Getty. Townsend explains, “The song came about in an unusual way. Keith and I met in the autumn of 2000 at a worship event, and we resolved to try to work together on some songs. A few weeks later Keith sent some melody ideas, and the first one on the CD was a magnificent, haunting melody that I loved, and immediately started writing down some lyrical ideas on what I felt should be a timeless theme commensurate with the melody. So the theme of the life, death, resurrection of Christ, and the implications of that for us just began to tumble out, and when we got together later on to fine tune it, we felt we had encapsulated what we wanted to say.”

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm…

Read more about the story behind 'In Christ Alone' on Crosswalk.com

Easter Hymns - In the Garden

According to this article on History Behind The Hymn, Austin Miles, an amateur photographer (and pharmacist-turned church music director) was waiting on film to develop in the darkroom when he saw a deeply moving spiritual vision. He saw Mary Magdalene visiting the empty tomb, leave, and walk into the garden where she met our Lord!

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own

Click here to read the rest of the story as written by Mike Jeshurun.

Easter Hymns - Jesus Loves Me

Easter Songs - Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.

To learn more about the lyrics and meaning behind Jesus Loves Me click here.

Easter Hymns - Jesus Paid it All

Easter Hymns and Songs - Jesus Paid It All

Lord, now indeed I find thy power and thine alone
Can change the leper's spots and melt the heart of stone

Easter Hymns - Jesus Saves

Bear the news to every land,
Climb the mountains, cross the waves;
Onward! ’tis our Lord’s command;
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Easter Songs - Oh Happy Day

He taught me how to watch, fight and pray, fight and pray
And live rejoicing every, everyday
Oh happy day

Easter Hymns - Power In The Blood

Would you be free from your passion and pride
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide
There's wonderful power in the blood

Easter Songs - Resurrection Power

Now I have resurrection power
Living on the inside
Jesus, You have given us freedom

Easter Songs and Hymns - Resurrection Power

Easter Hymns - The Old Rugged Cross

So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

Easter Hymns - There is a Fountain Filled with Blood

E'er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die

Easter Songs - This Little Light of Mine

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine, shine, shine
Let it shine!

 

Easter Hymns - Washed by the Blood of the Lamb

Are you washed in the blood
In the soul-cleansing blood of the lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

Easter Songs - What a Beautiful Name

Hillsong Worship's Ben Fielding writes, "I am an ardent believer in the necessity for the songs we sing in our churches to be firmly founded in the scriptures." He continues, breaking down the inspiration for each of the lyrics in the song, verse by verse.

On his blog he shares, "Verse 1 begins with Jesus (the Word) at the beginning of all creation (John 1); He was with God and was (and is!) God (John 1:1). The mysteries of our infinitely beautiful and glorious God, once hidden for generations, have now been revealed through Jesus (Col 1:26). When Jesus took on flesh we (humanity) got to see the glory of God (John 1:14); the Name of Jesus reveals the beauty and glory of God."

Read the rest of Ben's scriptural inspiration behind the lyrics for What a Beautiful Name on his blog.

Eater Songs and hymns - What a Beautiful Name It Is

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

Easter Hymns - When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Isaac Watts wrote this hymn—a meditation on the cross of Christ—as a means of preparation for the Lord’s Supper. Having reflected on the cross, he can only marvel at God’s wondrous grace and pledge his life to God’s service. “Were the whole realm of nature mine, / That were a present far too small; / Love so amazing, so divine, / Demands my soul, my life, my all.” source: Christianity.com

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

20+ Top Performances of Easter Hymns and Songs


Easter Version of ‘Hallelujah’ Will Give You Chills

'Resurrection Power' - Chris Tomlin Official Video

‘The Old Rugged Cross’- Powerful Alan Jackson Performance

2 Adorable Toddlers Sing He Arose

3-Year-Old's Sweet Easter Rendition Of 'Gethsemane'

Passionate Performance of Up From the Grave (Christ is Risen)

Anthem Lights Performs Worship Medley Of 'Because He Lives' And 'Arise My Love'

Live Performance of 'Because He Lives' by Alabama

Amazing Cover of Matt Maher Song Will Inspire You

Kari Jobe - Forever (Live)

'What A Beautiful Name' - A Cappella Worship From Voices Of Lee

Because He Lives - Dave's Highway

Spectacular Performance Of ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ Will Give Your Goosebumps Goosebumps

‘The Old Rugged Cross’ – Beautiful Live Performance From Alabama

Talented Young Man George Dennehy with out Arms Performs Jesus Paid it All with His Feet

This Girl’s Cover of 'In Christ Alone' Will Knock You Down. WOW.

One-Man A Capella 'In Christ Alone'

'In Christ Alone' - Anthem Lights

'In Christ Alone' - Hymn Cover From Aldrich And James

Jeremy Camp - Jesus Saves Behind the Song

Awe-Inspiring Gospel Flash Mob Left Me Saying AMEN!

Little Girl's Performance of Oh Happy Day Will Melt Your Heart!

A Cappella Easter Version Of ‘Oh Happy Day’ Will Give You The Biggest Smile

Carrie Underwood And Her Adorable Baby Duet On 'Jesus Loves Me'

Joey and Rory Beautifully Sing 'Jesus Paid It All'

Addison Road - This Little Light Of Mine Music Video

Fun Version of This Little Light of Mine is Cool - Just Wait for the Surprise!

INCREDIBLE Remix of "This Little Light of Mine"

Country Version of 'In The Garden' Will Warm Your Heart

Bluegrass Rendition Of 'In The Garden' Is Country Goodness!

11 Year old sings 'In the Garden', Loretta Lynn style

He Arose - A Moving Easter Video

Paul Harvey Shares The Rest of 'An Easter Story'

Three Girls Beautifully Sing to Jesus

A Cappella Rendition Of 'How Deep The Father's Love for Us'

'In Christ Alone' - Lauren Daigle Acoustic Performance

How Deep The Father's Love - Liberty Campus Band

Country A Cappella Version Of 'Crown Him With Many Crowns' Is Beautiful!

'Crown Him with Many Crowns/For God So Loved The World' Medley

Dolly Parton 'Washed By The Blood of the Lamb/Power in the Blood' Medley

Hee Haw Gospel Quartet - 'There's Power in the Blood'

'Power in the Blood' - Lari White

'Power in the Blood | God So Loved The World' - Fountainview Academy

'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross' - Roots Worship Collective

'There is a Fountain Filled with Blood' - Norton Hall Band

'There Is A Fountain' - Reawaken

Three People Stand in Their Living Room And Worship - A Cappella 'There Is A Fountain'

'There Is A Fountain Filled with Blood' - David Gentiles

'Jesus Loves Me' - Joey And Rory