We celebrate the death of Death!

Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
Archbishop of Constantinople

Descent into Hades

Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God?
Let him enjoy this beautiful bright festival!
Is there anyone who is a grateful servant?
Let him rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

Are there any weary with fasting?
Let him now receive his wages!
If any have toiled from the first hour,
let him receive his due reward;
If any have come after the third hour,
let him with gratitude join in the Feast!
And he that arrived after the sixth hour,
let him not doubt; for he, too, shall sustain no loss.
And if any delayed until the ninth hour,
let him not hesitate; but let him come, too.
And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.

For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first.
To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows.
He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor.
The deed He honors and the intention He commends.

Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!
First and last alike receive your reward;
rich and poor, rejoice together!
Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!

You that have kept the fast, and you that have not,
rejoice today for the Table is richly laden!
Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one.
Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith.
Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!

Let no one grieve at his poverty,
for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;
for forgiveness has risen from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.
He has destroyed it by enduring it.

He destroyed Hades when He descended into it.
He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.
Isaiah foretold this when he said,
"You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below."

Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.
Hell took a body, and discovered God.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.
O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?

Christ is Risen, and you, O Death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!
Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be glory and power
now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

St. John Chrysostom (A.D. 347-407) was the Patriarch of Constantinople.


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'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:53-54 ESV)

Scripture

November 11, 2018
Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Mark 16:9-20 (Gospel 3)
- Liturgy: Ephesians 4:1-6, Luke 10:25-37

Twenty-Sixth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 1 Timothy 1:1-7, Luke 14:12-15
- Tuesday: 1 Timothy 1:8-14, Luke 14:25-35
- Wednesday: 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 2:8-15, Luke 15:1-10
- Thursday: 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Luke 16:1-9
- Friday: 1 Timothy 4:4-8, 16, Luke 16:15-18, 17:1-4
- Saturday: Galatians 3:8-12, Luke 9:57-62

November 18,2018
Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:1-12 (Gospel 4)
- Liturgy: Ephesians 5:9-19, Luke 12:16-21

Twenty-Seventh Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 1 Timothy 5:1-10, Luke 17:20-25
- Tuesday: 1 Timothy 5:11-21, Luke 17:26-37 (& 18:8)

November 21, 2018
The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
- Vespers: Exodus 40:1-5, 9, 10, 16, 34, 35, 1 Kings 7:51; 8:1, 3-7, 9-11, Ezekiel 43:27-44:4
- Matins: Luke 1:39-49,56
- Liturgy: Hebrews 9:1-7, Luke 10:38-42; 11:27,28

- Wednesday: 1 Timothy 5:22-6:11, Luke 18:15-17, 26-30

November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving Day USA
- Liturgy: 1 Corinthins 1:3-9, Luke 17:11-19

- Thursday: 1 Timothy 6:17-21, Luke 18:31-34
- Friday: 2 Timothy 1:1,2,8-18, Luke 19:12-28
- Saturday: Galatians 5:22-6:2, Luke 10:19-21

November 25, 2018
Twenty-Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: Ephesians 6:10-17, Luke 13:10-17 (Slavs), Luke 18:18-27 (Greeks)

Feasts & Fasts

November
8 - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers
11 - Veterans' Day (USA), Remembrance Day (Canada)
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22 - Thanksgiving Day (USA)

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Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

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Wisdom from the Church Fathers

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