At Greek Easter, the family gathers around the table and sings: “Christos Anesti, ek nehron, thanato, thanaton pastisas, kai tis entis minimasi zoin harisamenos,” which translates, “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling death by death, and to those in tombs, granting life.”
The lyrics of this ancient hymn recall the message spoken by the angel to Mary Magdalene at the tomb – “Christ is risen!” They also refer to the moment of Jesus’s death when the earth quaked and opened, and bodies of believers were miraculously raised to eternal life.
Both the hymn and the expression “Christos Anesti” remind us that all who are faithful will one day be raised from death to eternal life through our belief in Christ. This is the core of our belief – the joy-filled promise of Easter. Rejoice all. “Christos Anesti!”
Religious Ed. classes resume on Sunday, April 8.
Starting Monday, April 9, our Bible studies will begin examining the Book of Revelation. Join us at 1 p.m. in Glover Hall to explore the prophetic voice of John and his visions. All are welcome.