let us embrace eachother joyously

Thy Resurrection O Christ our Saviour, the angels in heaven sing. Enable us on Earth to glorify Thee in purity of heart!

I truly love singing this hymn over and over somberly yet expectantly during the outdoor Paschal procession. And then to enter the bright church filled with voices singing and joyous faces grinning both at the festal celebration and the mere chance to create such an exuberant volume:

Christ is risen from the dead trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

The journey of Lent and Holy Week and then the fulfillment of Pascha really allows one to participate in the events being remembered by more wholly grasping our need for the Life offered in Christ in addition to simply re-telling the stories and giving intellectual assent to the ideas surrounding them.

What a truly beautiful Feast. What a beautiful Gift we’ve been given.

Christ is Risen!

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