The Arena
The Arena

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The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

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Ancient Faith Radio and patristic nectar publicationspresent the arena Sunday homilies and theological reflections with Father Josiah trennor. For hebeheld the divine cross as a bright, flashing trophy. With it was hevictorious over all who opposed him, and he destroyed the deceit and error ofall the idols, while making strong throughout the World Orthodox faith and practice.First of Christian kings, since the king of all created things foresaw thy goodnessof heart and THY ready obedience. He, through reason, captured thee when unreasonedruled over Thee, and, having made thee to shine in heart andmind, with a certain knowledge of godly piety, he showed thee to theworld as a shining sun that sendeth forth the beings of all godly deeds,wise and glorious constanty. What you have just heard are sound bites from someof the lectures in an eight part lecture...

...series entitled Gods Statesmen, Pious Christiankings. patristic nectar publication invites you to download the first of these eight lectureshere at ancient faith radio. For more information and the remaining lectures, pleasevisit our website at www dot patristic nectar dot org. And now here's fatherJosiah Trennum, with the Sunday homily, the name of the father and ofthe son and of the Holy Spirit, one God, the Pascal Homily ofour father among the saints, John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople. If anyone isdevout and a lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful and radiantfestival. If anyone is a wise servant,...

...let him, rejoicing, enter intothe joy of his Lord. If anyone has wearied himself in fasting,let him now receive his recompense. If anyone has labored from the first hour, let him receive today his just reward. If anyone has come at the thirdhour with Thanksgiving, let him keep the feast. If anyone has arrivedat the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings, for he shall sufferno loss. If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let him drawnear without hesitation. If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, lethim not fear on account of his delay, for the master is gracious and receivesthe last even as the first. He gives rest to him that comesat the Eleventh Hour, Jeff Deft, to him who has labored from thefirst, he has mercy upon the last and cares for the first. Tothe one he gives and to the other...

...he is gracious. He both honorsthe work and praises the intention. Enter all of you, therefore, intothe joy of our Lord and, whether first or last, receive your reward, or rich and poor one with another, dance for joy. You ascetics andyou negligent celebrate the day. You that have fasted and you that havedisregarded the fast rejoice today. The table is rich laden. Feast royally allof you. The calf is fatted. Let no one go forth hungry.Let us partake of the Feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness. Let no one lament his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one more in his transgressions, for pardon has dawned fromthe grave. Let no one feared death, for the Savior's death has set usfree. He that was taken by death has a kneehilated it. Hedescended into hades and took hades captive.

He embittered it when it tasted hisflesh and, anticipating this, Isaiah exclaimed hades was embittered for it was abolished. It was embittered for it was mocked. It was embittered for it was purged. It was embittered or it was despoiled. It was embittered for itwas bound in chains. It took a body and, facetoface, met God. It took earth and encountered heaven. It took what it saw, butcrumbled before what it had not seen. Oh death, where is thy sting? Oh hades, where is thy victory? Christ is risen and death is overthrown. Christ is risen and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen,food and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen and life reigns. Christ isrisen and not one dead remains in a...

...tomb, for Christ, being raisedfrom the dead, has become the first fruits of them that slept to him, be glory and might and Dominion unto the ages of ages. We hopethat you have enjoyed and have been edified by this presentation offered to you byPatristic Nectar Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing this spiritually thirsty with thesweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. Until next time,.

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