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April 8, 2012

Easter Day

by Brendan

Today is Easter Day, and Christians in America will greet each other with the words, “Christ is Risen!”   The standard response to the greeting is, of course, “He is risen indeed!”

I went to a Greek Orthodox church for several years around 1999-2001, and much of the liturgy is in Greek, which I don’t speak or understand (but I could follow in the book in the pew).   Greek Orthodox Christians greet each other on Easter day by saying, “Christos Anesti”! And the response is, “Alethos Anesti!”  Means the same in Greek as the English above.

Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (making at least his second appearance on this blog) wrote, at the end of his poem “The Wreck of the Deutschland,”

Let him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us,

be a crimson-cresseted east,

 

And that, friends, is my Easter day wish for you and for me.

 

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