‘Christ is risen, and life is freed.’

Enter Into the Joy of Your Lord’: An Easter Homily From St. John Chrysostom  (excerpt)

‘Christ is risen, and life is freed.’

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Come you all: Enter into the joy of your Lord. You the first and you the last, receive alike your reward; you rich and you poor, dance together; you sober and you weaklings, celebrate the day; you who have kept the fast and you who have not, rejoice today. The table is richly loaded: Enjoy its royal banquet. The calf is a fatted one: Let no one go away hungry. All of you enjoy the banquet of faith; all of you receive the riches of his goodness. Let no one grieve over his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed; let no one weep over his sins, for pardon has shone from the grave; let no one fear death, for the death of our Savior has set us free: He has destroyed it by enduring it. He has despoiled Hades by going down into its kingdom. He has angered it by allowing it to taste of his flesh.

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O death, where is your sting?

O Hades, where is your victory?

Christ is risen, and you are abolished.

Christ is risen, and the demons are cast down.

Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice.

Christ is risen, and life is freed.

Christ is risen, and the tomb is emptied of the dead: for Christ, being risen from the dead, has become the Leader and Reviver of those who had fallen asleep.

To Him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.

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