At the Cross: Handbells for Lent & Easter 2023

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

At the Cross arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This arrangement is a medley of three familiar Lenten titles: “At the Cross,” “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” The three tunes are cleverly intertwined, allowing your congregation to reflect on these familiar hymns, and contemplate the cross.

Resurrection Day arr. Lloyd Larson, 3-5 octaves, Level 2+
This arrangement by Lloyd Larson of the hymntunes LLANFAIR and LANCASHIRE creates the perfect atmosphere for your Eastertide service. While accessible as a level 2+, the setting is sure to be engaging for both performers and audience members alike.

That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright arr. Anna Laura Page, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
This Easter arrangement by Anna Laura Page features the hymntunes PUER NOBIS and PUER NOBIS NASCITUR. Utilizing a variety of techniques, the joy of the risen Lord will shine through!

Crown Him with Many Crowns arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter, 3-5 octaves, Level 2
Karen Lakey Buckwalter combines the tunes DIADEMATA and DUKE STREET in this soaring arrangement of two beloved hymns. The optional trumpet and organ parts provide richness and depth.

Fantasy on Hosanna Loud Hosanna arr. Jantz A. Black, 3 octaves, Level 2
This energetic setting of the hymn tune ELLACOMB is perfect for Palm Sunday and useful for general worship as a setting of “I Sing the Almighty Power of God.” The Full Score, Reproducible Parts for Piano, and 3 octave Handbell Part are all included. It can be played with 6-7 ringers.

Small But Mighty: Settings for 12 Bells for Lent & Easter, Vol. 6 arr. Jason Krug
Intended for the small ensemble, this collection includes eight versatile, musical, and fun arrangements for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Each setting has been written for the treble clef, F5-C7. They can be used for 3 to 6 ringers. Titles include: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Thine Be the Glory,” “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross,” “And Can It Be that I Should Gain,” “Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed,” “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” “The Day of Resurrection,” and “Were You There.”

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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 20 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church, and sings in the First Church Choir and rings with the First Church Ringers at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio. When not singing or ringing, Jennifer can be found doing conformation and other competitive sports with her three standard long haired dachshunds, Fanny, Frenchie, and Lukas.

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