Christ is Risen!
During the 40 day Paschal season (forty days following Pascha (Easter) where we in the Orthodox Church celebrate the Resurrection of Christ) we sing a hymn called Let God Arise (Paschal Stichera) every Saturday evening during Great Vespers. I have so many songs I love but I find this one to be among my favorites. I have finally found a YouTube source that nearly duplicates the version we sing at our Parish and I will put it in this post for you to hear.
But read the words first.
The are beautiful; full of joy, love and hope!
v: Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let them that hate Him flee from before His face!* Pascha (Greek: Πάσχα), also called Easter, is the feast of the Resurrection of the Lord. Pascha is a transliteration of the Greek word, which is itself a transliteration of the Aramaic pascha, from the Hebrew pesach meaning Passover. (Definition from OrthoWiki)
Today, a sacred Pascha* is revealed to us:
a new and holy Pascha,
a mystical Pascha,
a Pascha worthy of veneration,
a Pascha which is Christ the Redeemer,
a blameless Pascha,
a great Pascha,
a Pascha of the faithful,
a Pascha which has opened to us the gates of Paradise,
a Pascha which sanctifies all the faithful.
v: As smoke vanishes so let them vanish; as wax melts before the fire!
Come from that scene, O women bearers of glad tidings,
and say to Zion:
“Receive from us the glad tidings of joy,
of Christ’s Resurrection!
Exult and be glad,
and rejoice, O Jerusalem,
seeing Christ the King, Who comes forth from the tomb
like a bridegroom in procession!”
v: So the sinners will perish before the face of God. But let the righteous be glad!
The myrrh-bearing women,at the break of dawn,
drew near to the tomb of the Giver of Life;
there they found an Angel sitting upon the stone.
He greeted them with these words:
“Why seek ye the Living among the dead?
Why mourn ye the Incorrupt amid corruption?
Go, proclaim the glad tidings to His disciples!”
v: This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Pascha of beauty; the Pascha of the Lord; Pascha!
A Pascha worthy of honor has dawned for us.
Let us embrace each other joyously!
Oh! Pascha, ransom from affliction!
Today, Christ has shown forth from the tomb,
as from a bridal chamber,
and filled the women with joy saying:
“Proclaim it unto the Apostles!”
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
This is the day of resurrection!
Let us be illumined by the feast!
Let us embrace each other!
Let us call brothers even those that hate us,
and forgive all by the resurrection, and so let us cry:
Christ is risen from the dead,
trampling down death by death,
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
I just got home from Church where we sang this. It makes me so happy to sing these words. I need to remember to sing this often throughout the whole year long. For Christ is Risen every day!
I love watching this choir director direct! (On a side note: in the hymn they are singing you might notice that they have an added verse. Each Saturday evening we sing this throughout the season there is a different verse added depending on what the theme of the Sunday is. This doesn’t happen when sung on Pascha itself. You’d only see the words sung that I have above. Tonight our added verse was about the Samaritan woman.)
Go! Proclaim the glad tidings of His glorious Resurrection!