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The Paschal Homily of Saint John Chrysostom, on the Resurrection of Christ

Whosoever is devout and a lover of God,
let him enjoy this beautiful bright festival.
Whosoever is a grateful servant,
let him joyously enter into the joy of his Lord.
And if any be weary with fasting,
let him now receive his reward.

If any has toiled from the first hour,
let him receive his just debt.
If any came after the third,
let him gratefully celebrate.
If any arrived after the sixth,
let him not doubt;
for he too shall sustain no loss.
If any have delayed to the ninth,
let him come without hesitation.
If any arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay:
for the Master is gracious and receives the last,
even as the first.
He gives rest to him who arrives at the eleventh hour
as well as him who has labored from the first.
He is merciful to the one who delays,
and nourishes the first.
He gives also to the one,
and to the other he is gracious.
He accepts the work as he greets the endeavor.
He honors the deed,
and the intent He commends.

Let all of you then enter into the joy of our Lord.
The first and second, enjoy your reward.
You rich and you poor, rejoice together.
You temperate and you heedless, honor the day.
You who fasted and you who did not, rejoice today.
The Table is richly laden.
All of you, fare sumptuously on it.
The calf is fatted;
let no one go hungry away.
All of you enjoy the banquet of faith.
All of you enjoy the riches of His goodness.
Let no one grieve poverty;
for the universal Kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one grieve over sins;
for forgiveness has dawned from the tomb.
Let no one fear death;
for the Death of our Savior has set us free.
He has destroyed it by enduring it.
He despoiled Hades when he descended thereto.
He embittered it, having tasted of His flesh.
Isaiah foretold this when he cried out:
You, O Hades have been embittered by encountering him below.”
It was embittered
for it was abolished.
It was embittered
for it was mocked.
It was embittered
for it was slain.
It was embittered
for it was annihilated.
It was embittered
for it is now made captive.
It took a body, and lo, it discovered God.
It took earth, and behold! It encountered Heaven.
It took what it saw and was overcome by what it could not see.
O death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?
Christ is Risen
and you are annihilated.
Christ is Risen
and demons have fallen.
Christ is Risen
and the angels rejoice.
Christ is Risen
and life is liberated.
Christ is Risen
and the tomb is emptied of the dead;
For Christ, having risen from the dead
has become the first fruits of those who fall asleep.
To Him be the glory and the dominion to the ages of ages.

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