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Blessed Resurrection Day

Today all things have become new. The old world has passed away. The old powers have fallen aside. The old ways have come to an end.

The heavens and the earth came crashing down as Jesus of Nazareth hung upon the cross. The darkness crushed the light and thought it had won. The darkness crushed the light and evil triumphed over good. The darkness consumed the light like a lion devours its prey. By consuming the light, the darkness is itself consumed.

Jesus enters into the heart of darkness but it cannot hold Him. Light conquers darkness. Life conquers death. Jesus conquers evil and the old world passes away.

Behold in Jesus Christ, the new heavens and the new earth, full of love and glory. Today is a day for rejoicing. Just as Adam and Eve play in the Garden of Eden, let us rejoice in the garden of this new creation. Let us play and dance and sing and joy—for evil has lost.

Even now it is passing. It is passing. It is passing away. Don’t cling to the world that passes. But dance in the new creation. Rejoice in the love made manifest. Sing before Jesus our Savoir.

Blessings to you all my dear friends! This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Every year I love to revisit this Resurrection Day sermon from St. John Chrysostom (c.349-407), one of the greatest preachers of all time; his name, in fact, means “Golden Mouth.”

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 with fasting?
Let them now receive their wages!

If any have toiled from the first hour,
let them receive their due reward;
If any have come after the third hour,
let him with gratitude join in the Feast!
And he that arrived after the sixth hour,
let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.
And if any delayed until the ninth hour,
let him not hesitate; but let him come too.
And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.
For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first.

To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows.
He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor.
The deed He honors and the intention He commends.
Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!

First and last alike receive your reward;
rich and poor, rejoice together!
Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!
You that have kept the fast, and you that have not,
rejoice today for the Table is richly laden!

Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one.
Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith.
Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!

Let no one grieve at his poverty,
for the universal kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;
for forgiveness has risen 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 destroyed Hell when He descended into it.
He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.

Isaiah foretold this when he said,
“You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below.”
Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.

Hell took a body, and discovered God.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.

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

Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!

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 Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

Categories: Christianity
  1. jeremy siegrist
    March 24, 2008 at 12:07 am

    thanks for posting this. i love that those who have kept the fast and those who have not are invited to the feast. no one is to go hungry. now that’s grace to be excited about.

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