Christ is risen!
O Death, where is thy sting? O hell, where is thy victory?
Christ is risen, and hades is 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!
The most radiant night of Christ’s resurrection
The never-setting light of Christ’s Resurrection illuminated the Mikulj wilderness, along with our hearts and souls, which having been humbled by prayer and ascetic struggle, were raised to heavenly joys!
Sinful man must rejoice at least sometimes, to taste the sweetness of heaven and the comforts of the earth. One must worship the Resurrected Christ the King, the Eternal and Only Victor! After having passed through the battle of the fast, which man, because of his fallen nature, must wage for his eternal benefit, we worshiped at the Resurrection of Christ, which brings victory and sweetness to all who come to it with pure hearts.
In our monastery in the wilderness, because of various circumstances, for several years already Liturgy had not been served on Pascha. This year, however, the power of the Pascha Liturgy enriched us.
The every-day cycle of the divine services during this most-holy week and on this Feast of Feasts was a great comfort and joy to us. Like a caring mother, the Church does not leave us bereft of spiritual joy and nourishment, absolving those prepared for communing daily of the Divine Body and Blood of Christ, while at the same time not depriving us of a modest earthly celebration in the form Paschal songs, delicious, non-fasting meals, and general good cheer.
Thus let all mankind rejoice in body and soul, rejoice in our Savior, for He is nearer to us now more than ever, and the rays of His victory fall upon our heads and grace our hearts and souls, inspiring everyone in the unwavering battle until the general Resurrection!
Rejoice, for Christ is Risen!