Sunday, April 16, 2017

Death, where is thy sting? Christ is risen! ...

"This is the night of which it is written:  
The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, 
and full of gladness. The sanctifying power of this night dispels all wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to the mourners, 
drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty." 
- From Exultet, intoned during Easter Vigil  

"Poor death, where is your sting?
Poor hell, where is your triumph?
Christ steps out of the tomb and you are
reduced to nothing!

Christ rises and the angels are wild with delight.
Christ rises and life is set free.
Christ rises and graves are emptied of dead.

Oh yes, for He broke from the tomb like a flower,
a beautiful fruit: the first fruit of those already gone.
All glory be His, all success and power . . .
forever and ever."

St John Chrysosotom
Excerpt from Easter homily
387 AD

Painting above: Jacopa Robusti Tintoretto, The Resurrection of Christ (1565)

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Christ is risen to go before us:
our Brother to the Father,
our Priest to the Altar.
our Saviour to the world!

Christ is risen!
Christ is risen!
Christ is risen!

 Alleluia!     Alleluia!     Alleluia!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 
By His great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

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