A very happy Easter to all readers of this blog. 1600 years ago, St John Chrysostom wrote the following as a rather beautiful summary of the resurrection:
Hell took a body, and discovered God.
It took earth, and encountered heaven.
It toook what it saw, and was overcome by what it could not see.
O death, where is your sting?
O Hell, where is your victory?
Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are destroyed!
Christ is Risen, and evil is cast down!
Christ is Risen, and angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of the dead;
for Christ, having risen from the dead,
becomes the first-fruit of those who have fallen asleep.
To Him be Glory and Power forever. Amen!