This is an unusual yet remarkably moving new anthem for Easter. Joel Martinson has taken a contemporary poem by John Thornburg that expresses all the anguish as well as hope of the three women at the tomb. The muted brass quintet creates a mournful sound as the women express their loss and pain. As the women realize that the unthinkable has happened the music builds into an inexorable crescendo of praise and hope and the piece ends on an exuberant “Alleluia.” The vocal parts while wide in scope are most satisfying to sing and the instrumental parts are written imaginatively so as to express the poetic text. This will most welcome as a major addition to the literature for Easter morning.