(The Catechetical Homily of St John Chrysostom read on Pascha)
If any be a pious and a lover of God, let him delight in this fair and radiant festival.
If any be an honest servant, let him come in and rejoice in the joy of his Lord
If any have wearied himself with fasting, let him now enjoy the recompense
If any have worked from the first hour, let him receive today his just reward.
If any have come after the third, let him feast with thankfulness.
If any have arrived after the sixth, in no wise let him be in doubt; in no way shall he suffer loss.
If any be later than the ninth, let him draw nigh, let him not waver.
If any arrive only at the eleventh, let him not be fearful for his slowness, for the master is munificent and receiveth the last even as the first;
He giveth rest to him of the eleventh even as to him who hath wrought from the first hour.
He is merciful to the last and provideth for the first; and to this one he giveth, and to that one he showeth kindness
He receiveth their labours and acknowledgeth the purpose, and He honoureth the deed and praiseth the intention.
Wherefore, enter ye all into the joy of our Lord, and let the first and the second take part in the reward.
Ye rich and ye poor, dance for joy together.
Ye sober and ye heedless, do honour to this day.
Ye that fasted, and ye that fasted not, be glad today.
The table is full: do ye all fare sumptuously.
The calf is ample: let no one go forth hungry.
Let all enjoy the banquet of Faith.
Let all enjoy the riches of kindness.
Let none lament poverty, for revealed is the Kingdom prepared for all.
Let no one bewail transgressions, for forgiveness hath dawned forth from the tomb.
Let no on be fearful of Death, for the death of the Saviour hath set us free.
He hath quenched Death by being subdued by Death.
He Who came down into Hades, despoiled Hades; and Hades was embittered when he tasted of Christ's Flesh.
Esias (Isaiah) anticipating this, cried out and said: Hades was embittered when below he met Thee face to face He was embittered, for he was abolished. He was embittered, for he was mocked. He was embittered, for he was slain He was embittered, for he was overthrown He was embittered, for he was fettered.
He received a body, and encountered God.
He received earth, and met Heaven face to face.
He received what he saw, and fell because of what he saw not.
O Death, where is thy sting? O Hades where is thy victory? Risen is Christ, and thou art overthrown. Risen is Christ, and the demons are fallen. Risen is Christ, and the Angels rejoice. Risen is Christ, and there is none dead in the tomb.
For Christ is raised from the dead, and is become the first-fruits of them that slept.
To Him be glory and dominion unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs Bestowing life.
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee from before his face!
As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish; as wax melts before the fire,
So the sinners will perish before the face of God; but let the righteous be glad.
This is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Glory to the Father, and the Son. and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen!
Before the dawn,
Mary and the women came and found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
They heard the angelic voice:
“Why do you seek among the dead as a man the One who is Everlasting Light?
Behold the clothes in the grave! Go and proclaim to the world:
The Lord is risen!”
He has slain death, as He is the Son of God, saving the race of men.
Kontakion: (Tone 8)
Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal,
Thou didst destroy the power of death!
In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God,
proclaiming “Rejoice” to the myrrhbearing women,
granting peace to Thy apostles, and bestowing
resurrection on the fallen.
This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
V: O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever!
(Psalm 101 and Psalm 32)
V: Thou didst arise and have mercy on Zion.
V: The Lord looked down from heaven and saw all the sons of men.
Hymn to the Theotokos
The Angel cried to the Lady, full of grace:
Rejoice, O pure Virgin! Again, I say:
Rejoice, your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!
With Himself He has raised all the dead. Rejoice, O ye people!
Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem!
The glory of the Lord has shone on you.
Exult now, and be glad, O Zion!
Be radiant, O pure Theotokos,
in the Resurrection of your Son!