¡Triumph!

“Resurrection,” by Piero della Francesca c. 1460. Taken from wikimedia.org

Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward.
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day!
You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today!
The table is rich-laden: feast royally, all of you!
The calf is fatted: let no one go forth hungry!
Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.
He that was taken by death has annihilated it!
He descended into Hades and took Hades captive!
He embittered it when it tasted His flesh! And anticipating this, Isaiah exclaimed: “Hades 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 purged!
It was embittered, for it was despoiled!
It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!
It took a body and came upon God!
It took earth and encountered Ηeaven!
It took what it saw, but crumbled before what it had not seen! — from the Paschal Homily of St. John Chryostom

Christ is Risen! Alleluia! My sincere wishes for a joy filled celebration to all who read this Blog, and my sincere gratitude to all who make this Blog a part of their journey of faith.

Every Easter I like to re-post this jubilant middle eastern outpouring of flash-mob Paschal joy (in Arabic/Greek).

First the text they sing, then the video:

Arabic: Al-Masih qam minbain’il-amwat,
wa wati al mowt bil mowt,
wa wahab’l hayah lil ladhina fi’l qubur

Greek: Christos anesti ek nekron,
thanato thanaton patisas,
ke tis en tis mnimasin,
zoin charisamenos!

English: Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs
Bestowing life!

4 comments on “¡Triumph!

  1. Anthony says:

    Happy Easter, Tom! Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia!

  2. Melissa T says:

    Happy Easter and God’s blessings on you and your family! I certainly appreciate your daily insights as they assist and challenge me on my faith-walk! I greatly welcome the challenge and the depth of your wisdom – it must be the educator in you. Knowing your wisdom comes from God and a grand variety of others who have walked with you on your journey, is also true humility and I greatly admire that. Thank you again! Alleluia – He has overcome the grave!

    • Melissa, Many thanks for your blessings and words. I am thrilled to know that my words build you up! As I said to Jennifer a few weeks ago, my most important theological work is to point to the right people and comment on them. Thanks for acknowledging that. Peace and joy! tjmfjn

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