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April 2, 2015, 9:12 AM

Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen!

 

   Some years back, following the Easter Service, I was standing in the Narthex greeting people. A little dark-haired girl, full of joy, looked up at me and said, “Christos anesti!” As a member of a Greek Orthodox family, she was saying: “Christ is risen!  This, of course, is what Easter is all about. Not Easter parades and egg hunts. Not butterflies and bunnies and new bonnets.  Resurrection! The resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    Read the accounts in the latter part of each of the four Gospels. There is a growing passion in the narrative. Those who loved our Lord best knew that He had risen. At first, there was fear, then a growing certainty and wonder.  The witnesses fairly burst with excitement over the good news. Frightened disciples became bold witnesses ready to live and die for their faith. Because of the resurrection, we have the “march of eleven men” through history and the Church of the living Christ.

   Years ago there was a great meeting in Russia on Easter Day. A commissar defied anyone to speak a word for the Christian faith.  A tall, gaunt Russian in homespun clothes, arose and slowly made his way to the platform.  A hush came over the vast assembly. He stood for a moment looking at the people.  Then he spoke three words: “He is risen!”  The response was like thunder: “He is risen indeed!”

 

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!


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