Christ is Risen!

In truth He is Risen!

In the past I’ve linked to the wonderful Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom, but this year I thought it would be fun to share two videos of Paschal songs from very different parts of the world.

First, a beautiful music video (professionally done) from Serbia, of a non-liturgical song written by St. Nicholai Velimirovic. He is probably the best modern poet of the Orthodox Church, and I loved the words:
People rejoice, all nations listen:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
Dance all ye stars and sing all ye mountains:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!

Whisper ye woods and blow all ye winds:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
O seas proclaim and roar all ye beasts:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!

Buzz all ye bees and sing all ye birds:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
O little lambs rejoice and be merry:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!

Nightengales joyous, lending your song:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
Ring, O ye bells, let everyone hear:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!

All angels join us, singing this song:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
Come down ye heavens, draw near the earth:
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!

Glory to Thee, God Almighty!
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!
Glory to Thee, God Almighty!
Christ God is risen! Let us rejoice!

(source)

The second is a video from Ghana of a church there singing “Christ is Risen!” What I love about this is that it’s the same version my church sings, but they’ve made it completely their own. Local church in action, and it’s wonderful.

I hope all of you celebrating today have a wonderful Pascha.

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2 responses to “Christ is Risen!

  1. Those two music videos are FANTASTIC.

    • Maureen E

      Aren’t they? I love how much they have the same feeling, even though they’re from different cultures/have wildly different production budgets.

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