Pascha A.D. 2007 - Christ is Risen!
Χριστός Άνέστη! Άληθώς Άνέστη!
المسيح قام! حقا قام
Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling down death by death
And upon those in the tombs
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It is the Day of Resurrection! Let us shine forth in splendor for the Festival, and embrace one another. Let us say, ‘O brethren!' even to those, who do not love us; let us forgive all things in the Resurrection, and thus, let us exclaim: "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling Death by death, and bestowing life to those in the tombs". (Doxasticon of Orthros in Tone 5)
And from Handel's Messiah Part III - which begins with the Soprano singing the Air
I know that my Redeemer liveth
And that He shall stand at the latter day
Upon the earth.
And though worms destroy this body
Yet in my flesh shall I see God.
For now is Christ risen from the dead
The first fruits of them that sleep.
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