Tag: The Resurrection

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Outside of Jesus’ Incarnation (God becoming human, two natures in one person), His resurrection from the dead is THE most important Christian teaching. Foreshadowed in the earliest history of mankind (“the serpent will bruise His heel” Gen 3:15, a non-fatal blow) Jesus’ triumph over death is THE reason why Christians have hope in this life […]

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When I was a boy my sister and I had to find our Easter eggs and Easter baskets. I hated every minute of that tradition. My sister, loved it. To this day, a look of glee comes over her face as she contemplates finding hidden treasure. You, your family, your friends could have an Easter […]

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Icon, Part 10: The Harrowing of Hades

 

What is the full meaning of Christ’s crucifixion on the cross, and His resurrection? Was it an atonement for our sins? A payment for our sins? Or was it something else far deeper? What was it that Jesus actually did, and why does it matter? For Orthodox Christians, the focus of Great and Holy Pascha (their word for Easter), the Feast of Feasts, is about far more than the empty tomb or some sense of payment, but about Life itself. “Christ is Risen!” we will greet each other, “Truly He is Risen” we reply. Christos Anesti! Alethos Anesti! And again and again we sing the Troparion:

Christ is Risen from the grave,
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

“Trampling down death by death.” We hear that phrase again and again, and it is an old one. The emperor Justinian used it in his hymn, which we sing every Sunday.

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As Easter approaches, my Facebook news feed’s advertisements have started to fill with advertisements for area churches, beckoning me to come to their various Easter services.  I do not begrudge this at all as it does make sense to for churches to advertise their existence to locals who might not know what is around.  For […]

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It’s boring the hundredth time. We all know how the story ends — this ending that is so many endings. All leads to epic battle, the terrible confrontation, the heroic sacrifice… and the hero is gone. Support characters overlook the carnage in despair. We lost him.  Preview Open

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