Christ is Risen!


Indeed He is Risen!

O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave!
-from the Pascha Homily of St. John Chrysostom

Welcome to FeastofFeasts.org, a web site offering resources on the Orthodox Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In the Orthodox Church, the feast of Christ's resurrection is commonly referred to as "Pascha" (PAS-ka), the Greek term for "Passover."

Just as the angel of death passed over the homes of the Israelites in Egypt, all humanity is delivered from death through Christ's death and resurrection. Jesus' rising from the dead is the point of reference for all Eastern Orthodox thought and life. We enter the Church through baptism, which is our participation in the Lord's death and resurrection. Additionally, every Sunday is dedicated to the resurrection of Christ, so that we never lose sight of the centrality of Christ's victory over death.

+ Icon of Christ's Descent Into Hades, by Fr. Gregory Kroug+ Icon of Christ's Descent Into Hades, by Fr. Gregory Kroug

Yet in the Feast of Feasts--after a period of fasting and spiritual preparation that lasts almost two months called Great Lent-- the Orthodox faithful celebrate the greatest of all holy days, Pascha. "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!" we sing.

About FeastOfFeasts.org

FeastOfFeasts.org is co-sponsored by the web team of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and the Department of Internet Ministry of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

Collected here are a selection of writings on Paschal themes available from the gifted writers and teachers of the OCA and the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese. You can review the selection of articles, here, browse our photo galleries, and find other resources here.

When all is said and done, there is no better way to honor the glorious resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ than to participate in an Orthodox Christian Pascha liturgy at a local parish (find a service here).

"Jesus has risen from the tomb, as He foretold, and given us eternal life and great mercy." -- Hymn to the Resurrection

"If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty" (1 Cor. 15:14).

 

Resurrection Icon From The Light of Christ: Iconography of Gregory Kroug, by Fr. Andrew Tregubov, St. Vladimir's Seminary Press