- Christ is Risen! + Truly He is Risen!
It was necessary to allow evil to cry aloud so that, soon after, it would become speechless before the miraculous resurrection. It was necessary that all the wicked deeds of men against God be manifested so that they would be able to see and appraise the love and mercy of God toward mankind. The angels of God were not sent to defend Christ from the Jews; rather, the angels of God were sent, after three days, to announce the holy resurrection of Christ.
Nikolai Velimirovich, The Prologue (March 18th)
From: The Bible and the Holy Fathers for Orthodox