Pascha

Last night was my first Pascha. There are so many things that I could say, but there is just way too much. One of the most powerful parts of the service, which touched me to the bone, was the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom. I would like to share it with you all:

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Wherefore, enter ye all into the joy of your Lord;
Receive your reward,
Both the first, and likewise the second.
You rich and poor together, hold high festival!
You sober and you heedless, honour the day!
Rejoice today, both you who have fasted
And you who have disregarded the fast.
The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously.
The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away.
Enjoy ye all the feast of faith:
Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness.

Let no one bewail his poverty,
For the universal Kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one weep for his iniquities,
For pardon has shown forth from the grave.
Let no one fear death,
For the Saviour’s death has set us free.
He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it.

By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive.
He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh.
And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry:
Hell, said he, was embittered
When it encountered Thee in the lower regions.

It was embittered, for it was abolished.
It was embittered, for it was mocked.
It was embittered, for it was slain.
It was embittered, for it was overthrown.
It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains.
It took a body, and met God face to face.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

O Death, where is thy sting?
O Hell, where is thy victory?

Christ is risen, and thou art overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.
For Christ, being risen from the dead,
Is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be glory and dominion
Unto ages of ages.

Amen.

Χριστός ανέστη!

Christus resurrexit!

Cristo ha resucitado!

Cristo è risorto!

Cristo ressuscitou!

Христос Воскресе!

Христос Возкресе!

Kristus prisikėlė!

Tá Críost éirithe!

Krishti u ngjall!

Քրիստոս յարեաւ ի մեռելոց՜

Hristós diril-Dí!

Si Cristo ay nabuhay!

Ua ala hou ´o kristo!

Kristus aq ungwektaq!

Xris-tusaq Ung-uixtuq!

ハリストス復活!

그리스도께서 부활하셨습니다!

Meshiha qam!

Ha Masheeha houh kam!

Christos tensiou!

Kristos Tenestwal!

ქრისტე აღსდგა!

Jésu Krísti Ébilíwõ!

Christus ist auferstanden!

Христос Воскресе!

Tha Criosd air éirigh!

Christ is Risen!

Indeed, He is Risen!!!!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Tony-Allen
    Apr 23, 2009 @ 02:22:21

    My first Pascha service blew me away too. Glad it affected you as well 🙂 And yes, Saint John Chrysostom’s homily is fantastic.

    Reply

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