Sunday, April 19, 2009

Christ is Risen!

Icon of the Resurrection, or Christ raising the dead from Hades (Icon courtesy of used with permission)+++
Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
Glory to His Third-Day Rising! We worship His Third-Day Rising!
Having seen the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the Holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. Your Cross do we worship, O Christ, and Your holy Resurrection do we hymn and glorify. For You are our God, we know no other but You, we call upon Your name. Come all the faithful, let us worship the holy Resurrection of Christ; for behold through the Cross, joy has come in all the world. Ever blessing the Lord, we extol His Resurrection. For enduring the Cross for us, He destroyed death by death.(Text from Fr. Seraphim Dedes at
The Kontakion, eighth tone:
Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of hades. And didst arise as victor, O Christ God, calling to the myrrh-bearing women: Rejoice! And giving peace unto Thine apostles: Thou Who dost grant resurrection to the fallen.
(Text from the Paschal Hours available here:

Close-up icon of Christ Resurrected, telling St. Mary Magdalene "Do not hold me" (Icon courtesy of used with permission)
Christ is Risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs, bestowing life!
Truly the Lord is risen!

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