The credal statement formerly known as Memorial Acclamation A has passed into Catholic history. It still seems to pop up here and there in Christendom. A blogger at a Lutheran Church in Iowa said this:
Our confidence comes from knowing Jesus – the way – the truth – and the life. There is an Easter acclimation (sic) that the church has used to help us remember this hope and comfort that we have. It goes like this – Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. A phrase that perfectly summarizes where our focus and trust should be right now.
Christ has died for your sins. Jesus’ death on the cross was sufficient to forgive every sin that you have ever committed. All of Jesus’ perfect life and righteousness was given to you through his death and the blood that was shed.
Christ is risen. In this Easter season we especially celebrate this fact, however, it is something that we can and should celebrate all year long. Jesus Christ is not dead. He is alive. There were over 500 witnesses to this fact. He has now ascended to heaven.
Christ will come again. This is what we’re waiting for right now. Jesus to return. Jesus has promised that he will come back – and not only that he has promised to be with us always – until the end of the age.
This Christian Reformed Church has it big on their front page on the internet. When I did a search on the google earlier, I found a fair bit of music. Not only the 1970-2010 acclamation set to music cited in hymnary, but also expanded songs based on the sentence on YouTube.
This site has seen discussions on this and its sister texts in the years leading up to the English language MR3. One tart commentator mentioned the old A text was the only one of the four without a reference to “us.” (That old anthropocentric meme again.) Others are skeptical about “interrupting” the Eucharistic Prayer. Of course, we already do that with the Sanctus. So it’s not surprising our liturgical formation breaks up the anaphora into parts, and the “real” EP only begins after singing the Holy.
My pastoral inclination would have been to leave the old A alone, but I don’t think anybody really misses it. Songs based on B, C, and D persist. None are hugely popular in any of my parishes. Likely not in yours either.