Christ is Risen!  Truly He is Risen!

St. John Chrysostom:  Paschal Homily

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

If anyone has labored from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let him keep the feast. If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; for he shall suffer no loss. If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near without hesitation. If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let him not fear on account of his delay. 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 his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
  • Let no one mourn his transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
  • Let no one fear death, for the Savior’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, face to face, met God! It took earth and encountered heaven! 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 slept.
  • To him be glory and might unto ages of ages. Amen.

My Dearest Spiritual ‘Ohana,


I pray that your hearts are filled with the greatest spiritual joy during this Most Blessed and Holy Season of Pascha!  May this joy be with you, always, throughout your lives!  For this season offers us the fulfillment that all of humanity, deep down inside to the core, actually seeks and longs for, since each of us human beings is made in God’s Image and Likeness.  Our purpose as humans is fulfilled in and through the Resurrection of our Lord so long as we in our wills allow It to.  He is the fulfillment of all our hopes. Communion with God and ever growing to know Him takes place when we actively and willingly participate in this Mighty Union with Him!  St. John Chrysostom (the “Golden Mouth”) offers one of the best homilies of all times regarding the Resurrection of our Lord.  For this joy is the ultimate expression of God’s Love and Mercy for all of humankind, by Him defeating our worst enemy, which is “Death.”

We celebrate these most auspicious and holy days, year after year, to renew our relationship and commitment to God and one another, just as we celebrate our Birthdays, Anniversaries, Milestones in our lives to keep these celebrations fresh, vibrant and alive, continuously throughout our lives and to the ages.

“Today a sacred Pascha has been revealed to us; a Pascha new and holy, a Pascha mystical, a Pascha all-venerable, Pascha, the Redeemer Christ himself; a Pascha that is blameless, a Pascha that is great, a Pascha of believers, a Pascha that has opened for us the gates of Paradise, a Pascha that sanctifies believers all.” ~Hymn from Paschal Season

With Joy in our Lord’s Resurrection with Love,

+Fr. Alexander