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An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Rejoice today!

...both you who have fasted
and you who have disregarded the fast.

The table is fully laden;
feast sumptuously.

The calf is fatted;
let no one go hungry away.

Enjoy the feast of faith;
receive all the riches of loving-kindness.

Let no one bewail his poverty,
for the universal kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one weep for his iniquities,
for pardon has shone forth from the grave.

Let no one fear death,
for the Savior’s death has set us free:
he that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it.

By descending into hell, he made hell captive.
He embittered it when it tasted of his flesh.
And Isaiah, foretelling this, cried:
"Hell 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 slain.
It was embittered, for it was overthrown.
It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains.
It took a body, and met God face to face.
It took earth, and encountered heaven.
It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

O Death, where is your sting?
O Hell, where is your 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 the grave.
For Christ, being risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
To him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.




...offered by Dn. fdj, a sinner at 9:40 AM [+]
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By Blogger Hilarius, at 10:07 AM  

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Χριστός Άνέστη! Άληθώς Άνέστη!

Blessed Pascha to you, James, Susan Sophia, and your kids!

By Blogger Hilarius, at 10:09 AM  

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INDEED HE IS RISEN!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:03 AM  

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Welcome to the other side brother.

Hope you have an excellent bright week.

By Blogger Munkee, at 9:46 AM  

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Indeed He is Risen!

By Blogger Victoria, at 12:33 PM  

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Indeed, He is Risen! My love and best wishes to you and yours this Pascha season!

By Blogger Mimi, at 12:47 PM  

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Христос воскресе. Ваистину воскресе.

Христос васкрсе. Ваистину васкрсе.
Hristos vaskrse. Vaistinu vaskrse.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:39 AM  

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