Sunday, April 12, 2009

Alleluia! Christus Resurrexit!

From: A Paschal Sermon By St. John Chrysostom (347-407)

Are there any who are devout lovers of God?
Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!

Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

Are there any weary from fasting?
Let them now receive their due!

If any have toiled from the first hour,
let them receive their reward.

If any have come after the third hour,
let them with gratitude join in the feast!

Those who arrived after the sixth hour,
let them not doubt; for they shall not be short-changed.

Those who have tarried until the ninth hour,
let them not hesitate; but let them come too.

And those who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let them not be afraid by reason of their delay.

For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.

The Lord gives rest to those who come at the eleventh hour,
even as to those who toiled from the beginning.

To one and all the Lord gives generously.
The Lord accepts the offering of every work.
The Lord honours every deed and commends their intention.

Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!

First and last alike, receive your reward.
Rich and poor, rejoice together!

Let no one grieve being poor,
for the universal reign has been revealed.

Let no one lament persistent failings,
for forgiveness has risen from the grave.

Let no one fear death,
for the death of our Saviour has set us free.

The Lord has destroyed death by enduring it.
Lord vanquished hell when he descended into it.
Lord put hell in turmoil even as it tasted of his flesh.

O death, where is your sting?
hell, where is your victory?

Christ is risen, and you are cast down!

Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life is set free!
Christ is risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead.

For Christ, having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Christ be glory and power forever and ever. Amen!

Alleluia! Christus Resurrexit!

Vere Resurrexit, Alleluia!

Alleluia! Christus Resurrexit!

Vere Resurrexit, Alleluia!

Alleluia! Christus Resurrexit!

Vere Resurrexit, Alleluia!


brian said...

John Chrysostom was one of the worst anti-semites ever.
I hope that you find out what a stinker this man was.

Allie said...

That's totally irrelevant. Thomas Jefferson was a slave-owner and cheated on his wife, but the DOI was still one of the best documents ever written. One cannot confuse the man with what God said through him.

brian said...

I don't think it's irrelevant, in either case.
In any case, how do you determine that what he was saying/doing was god and not something irrelevant or bad? Who gets to say? What are the criteria you use?

Allie said...

God seems to feel that way, to be sure. Many of the prophets did not lead the holiest of lives, but instead are remembered and praised because of what God said through them. I have that trust in God, and I am sorry you do not.

This is my blog, end of discussion.