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"Easter Sermon" of St. John Chrysostom

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  • Olga Mitrenina
    Christ is Risen! Easter Sermon of St. John Chrysostom If any man is a devout lover of God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast. If any man
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 30, 2000
      Christ is Risen!

      "Easter Sermon" of St. John Chrysostom

      If any man is a devout lover of God, let him enjoy this fair and
      radiant triumphal feast. If any man is a wise servant, let him
      rejoicing enter into the joy of the Lord. If any has labored
      long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense. If any has
      wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just
      reward. If any has come at the third hour, let him have no
      misgivings; because he will in no wise be deprived thereof. If
      any has delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing
      nothing. If any has tarried even until the eleventh hour let
      him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness; for the Lord, who is
      jealous of his honor, will accept the last even as the first; He
      gives rest to him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as to him
      who has wrought from the first hour. And he shows mercy on the
      last, and cares for the first; and to the one he giveth, and upon
      the other he bestoweth gifts. And he accepts the deeds, and
      welcomes the intention, and honors the acts and praises the
      offering.

      Wherefore, enter you all into the joy of your Lord; and receive
      your reward, both the first, and likewise the second. You rich
      and poor together, hold high festival. You sober and you
      heedless, honor the day. Rejoice today, both you who have fasted
      and you who have disregarded the fast. The table is full-laden;
      feast you all sumptuously. The calf is fatted; let no one go
      away hungry. All of you, enjoy the feast of faith: receive all
      the riches of loving-kindness. Let no one bewail his poverty,
      for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one weep for
      his iniquities, for pardon has shone forth from the grave. Let
      no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free. He
      who was held prisoner of it, has annihilated it. By descending
      into Hell, he has made Hell captive. He angered it when it
      tasted of his flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry:
      Hell, said he, was angered, when it encountered You in the lower
      regions. It was angered for it was abolished. It was angered,
      for it was mocked. It was angered, for it was slain. It was
      angered for it was overthrown. It was angered, for it was
      fettered in chains. It took a body, and met God face to face.
      It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took that which was
      seen, and fell upon the unseen. O Death, where is your sting? O
      Hell, where is your 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 the grave. For Christ, being risen from the
      dead, has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen
      asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.


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