Sunday of Great and All-Holy Pascha
April 16, 2017
Entrance Hymn of the Feast
In the gathering places bless ye God the Lord, from the springs of Israel. Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee: Alleluia.
Troparion of Pascha – Tone 5
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
Hypakoe of the Feast - Tone 4
Hypakoe: Before the dawn, Mary and the women came and found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They heard the angelic voice: "Why do you seek among the dead as a man the one who is everlasting light? Behold the clothes in the grave. Go and proclaim to the world: the Lord is risen, He has slain death as he is the Son of God, saving the race of Man."
Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8
Thou descended into the tomb O Immortal. Thou destroyed the power of death. In victory Thou arose, O Christ God, proclaiming, "Rejoice" to the myrrh-bearing women. Granting peace to thine Apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen!
Epistle – Acts 1:1-8
In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom He had chosen. To them He presented Himself alive after His passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them He charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, “You heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”
Gospel – John 1:1-17
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world knew Him not. He came to His own home, and His own people received Him not. But to all who received Him, who believed in His Name, He gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to Him, and cried, “This was He of Whom I said, ‘He Who comes after me ranks before me, for He was before me.’”) And from His fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The Megalynarion for Pascha – Tone 1
The angel cried to the lady full of grace, "Rejoice, rejoice, O pure virgin! Again I say rejoice! Your son is risen from his three days in the tomb. With himself, He has raised all the dead, rejoice, rejoice, O ye people! Shine, shine, shine O New Jerusalem, the glory of the Lord has shone on you. Exult now, exult and be glad O Zion. Be radiant, O pure Theotokos in the Resurrection of your son."
PASCHAL HOMILY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal
If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord.
If any have labored long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense.
any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward.
If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast.
If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; because he shall in no wise be deprived therefore.
If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing.
If any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness; for the Lord, who is jealous of his honor, will accept the last even as the first; he gives rest unto him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who has wrought from the first hour.
he shows mercy upon the last, and cares for the first; and to the one he gives,
and upon the other he bestows gifts.
And he both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention, and honors the acts and praises the offering.
Wherefore, enter you all into the joy of your Lord; and receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the second.
rich and poor together, hold high festival.
You sober and you heedless, honor the day.
Rejoice today, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast.
The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously.
The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away.
Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness.
no one bewail his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free.
He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it. By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive.
embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did
Hell, said he, was embittered, when it encountered Thee in the lower regions.
It was embittered, (EMBITTERED) for it was abolished.
It was embittered, (EMBITTERED) for it was mocked.
It was embittered, (EMBITTERED) for it was slain.
It was embittered, (EMBITTERED) for it was overthrown.
It was embittered, (EMBITTERED) for it was fettered in chains.
It took a body, and met God face to face.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.
Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory?
Christ is risen (INDEED HE IS RISEN!), and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen (INDEED HE IS RISEN!), and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen (INDEED HE IS RISEN!), and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen (INDEED HE IS RISEN!), and life reigns!
Christ is risen (INDEED HE IS RISEN!), and not one dead remains in the grave!
For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.