O day of resurrection! Let us beam with God’s own pride! Let everyone embrace in joy! Let us warmly greet those we meet and treat them all like brothers, even those who hate us! Let all the earth resound with this song: Christ is risen from the dead, conquering death by death, and on those in the grave bestowing life!
[Saint John of Damascus, d. 749 A.D.]
What a beautiful antiphon to pray and reflect upon this Day of Christ’s Resurrection! It is believed to be one of the oldest antiphons that is used in the liturgy of the Orthodox Church for Pascha (Easter). On this great Day of days, on behalf of the clergy and staff of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine, we wish you a Blessed Easter and a Glorious Pascha!