Happy Easter

Easter Homily

by Saint John Chrysostom

If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.
If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.
If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense.

If anyone has labored from the first hour, let them today receive the just reward.
If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let them feast.
If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let them have no misgivings; for they shall suffer no loss.
If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let them draw near without hesitation.
If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let them not fear on account of tardiness.

For the Master is gracious and receives the last even as the first; He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.
He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one He gives, and to the other He is gracious.
He both honors the work and praises the intention.

Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward.
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day!

You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today!
The table is rich-laden: feast royally, all of you!
The calf is fatted: let no one go forth hungry!

Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.

He that was taken by death has annihilated it!
He descended into Hades and took Hades captive!
He embittered it when it tasted His flesh! And anticipating this, Isaiah exclaimed: “Hades was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions”.

It was embittered, for it was abolished!
It was embittered, for it was mocked!
It was embittered, for it was purged!
It was embittered, for it was despoiled!
It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!

It took a body and came upon God!
It took earth and encountered Ηeaven!
It took what it saw, but crumbled before what it had not seen!

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

Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!

For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the first-fruits of them that have slept.
To Him be glory and might unto the ages of ages.

Amen.

17 Comments!

  1. The Digital Hairshirt
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 4:51 am |

    Absolutely glorious. Happy Easter, sister.

  2. JoeBandMember ≠
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 5:49 am |

    Thank you for posting this. Happy Easter.

  3. geezerette
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 6:22 am |

    Thank You———- It’s what the world needs now—

  4. Mahadshaa
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 6:34 am |

    Happy Easter everyone

    A non -Christian asks:

    Is st. John Chrysostom the same man murdered by the Turks in early 20th century?

  5. DougM (Bison Party)
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 6:59 am |

    Best wishes to all of you who observe the day.

  6. Dave
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 7:45 am |

    Thanks for posting this!

  7. Caged Insanity
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 8:01 am |

    Happy Easter everyone.

  8. mech
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 8:01 am |

    Happy resurrection Day All!

    That piece I have not read before. Wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing it TUA.

  9. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 8:47 am |

    A question I have that scmart KisPers prolly can answer. When, where and why did colorful hard-boiled eggs and the Easter egg hunt get connected to the religious celebration, Easter Sunday?

    Me; I love hard-boiled eggs, cuz they are sooo easy to make, peel and liberally covered w black pepper taste cosmic! Ever now & then I might use an egg slicer, put the slices on toast, smother w *nuclear hot mexican sauce!*, cover w a nother piece of toast and have a sammich that makes my socks roll up and down + tears running down my face, justifying a breakfast dark Irish ale/beer—–or—-three!

  10. SondraK, bossy nagger
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 10:32 am |

    Amen indeed.

    Jerry, I think it’s the old “what came first, the chicken or the egg” thing… the egg represents fertility and birth and all that spring stuff… pagans…

  11. Melissa In Texas
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 3:22 pm |

    Happy Easter, Y’all!

  12. Rocketfc
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm |

    Thank God for Easter-for forgiveness, redemption, and life.

    And thank God for all y’all. Happy Easter everyone!

  13. Posted April 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm |

    Colonel and Sondra, the giving of eggs during Pascha (the original & ‘correct’ name for Easter) is an old Christian tradition dating to the first century. Tradition holds that Simon the Cyrene, (who was forced to bear the cross after Jesus was unable) was an egg merchant. Plausible, since eggs were/are a common passover-seder food. When he returned to his wares, the eggs were red. Mary Magdalene, one of the myrrh-bearing women, is often portrayed in iconography holding a red egg (when not portrayed with a vase of myrrh). Through the centuries, eggs were often dyed with whatever was available–onion skin, beet, and other vegetable colorants were common in Europe. Today it is common (especially in Orthodox churches) to have red eggs distributed after the resurrection services.

  14. The Ugly American
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm |

    Happy Easter everyone

    A non -Christian asks:

    Is st. John Chrysostom the same man murdered by the Turks in early 20th century?

    Comment by Mahadshaa — April 20, 2014 @ 6:34 am

    No …definitely not living in the 20th century.

    Here is his bio

  15. LostLiberty
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 9:28 pm |

    At the end of a long and busy day, it occurred to me that all the crap I had to get done today was just that, crap! Wish I had at least taken a moment to reflect.

  16. PeggyU
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 11:52 pm |

    Late to the party … but I hope you all had a happy Easter!

  17. SondraK, bossy nagger
    Posted April 21, 2014 at 6:39 am |

    LostLiberty…is always a challenge for me especially during such challenging times…but I have been working hard over the last few years to purposely concentrate on my many MANY blessings and not allow the petty distractions to distract me. It started big time with The Asylum and has gotten easier as time goes on.
    I’m finding that my relationship with God has gotten EASIER as things fall apart around me.

    Our obligations and responsibilities are important, but it doesn’t mean we can’t address BOTH.
    It just takes a little more work for people like us to “give ourselves permission” to address our emotional and spiritual needs. I make a point every day to have a chat with God and while He occasionally has to give me a thump on the head, acknowledging my blessings gets easier.
    You can reflect TODAY!