Christ is Risen!

April 20, 2014

‘ “I will stand on my watch,” says the wondrous Habakkuk; and I also will stand with him today, by the authority and vision given me by the spirit, and I will look steadily and observe what will be seen and what will be spoken to me. ‘I have stood and looked steadily, and behold a man mounted upon the clouds, and he was very exalted; and his appearance was like the appearance of an angel; and his raiment was like the brightness of lightning; and he was lifting up his hand toward the east and shouting in a great voice. His voice was like the voice of a trumpet; and those surrounding him were as a multitude of the heavenly hosts, and he said, “Today salvation has come to the world, to things visible and to things invisible. Christ is risen from the dead; rise with him. Christ has returned to himself; return. Christ is freed from the tomb; be freed from the bonds of sin. The gates of hades are opened, and death is destroyed, and the old Adam is put aside, and the new is fulfilled. If anyone in Christ is a new creation, be made new.” ‘ – St. Gregory Nazianzen, “On Holy Pascha” The Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph wish you a grace-filled Easter season, as we celebrate the triumph of our Lord over sin and death, and our rebirth into the glorious destiny of the sons and daughters of God. May this privileged season be for you a time of healing, strengthening, and conversion in the grace of the risen Savior, Jesus Christ!

Image: Andrea Mantegna, The Resurrection

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