“This is the day of Resurrection; Let us be radiant in the festival! Let us embrace one another; Let us call brothers, even those who hate us, And forgive all things in the resurrection. And therefore let us proclaim: Christ is risen from the dead, By death He has trampled upon death, and to those in the tombs He is bestowing Life!”
Let God Arise
This hymn is chanted on Pascha but also during Bright Week, and it is a remembrance of the beginning of the Fast – when we celebrated Forgiveness Vespers – calling to remembrance the essence of the Fast – to love God above all and love our neighbor as ourselves.
Basking in the jubilation of the Resurrection, the faithful greet one another with “Christ is Risen!” before even saying hello.
Truly this is the most joyous time of our year!