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 publications present the arena Sunday homilies and theological reflections with Father Josiah trennor. For he beheld the divine cross as a bright, flashing trophy. With it was he victorious over all who opposed him, and he destroyed the deceit and error of all 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 goodness of heart and THY ready obedience. He, through reason, captured thee when unreasoned ruled over Thee, and, having made thee to shine in heart and mind, with a certain knowledge of godly piety, he showed thee to the world 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 some of the lectures in an eight part lecture...

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

...let him, rejoicing, enter into the 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 third hour with Thanksgiving, let him keep the feast. If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings, for he shall suffer no loss. If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near without hesitation. If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let him not fear on account of his delay, for the master is gracious and receives the last even as the first. He gives rest to him that comes at the Eleventh Hour, Jeff Deft, to him who has labored from the first, he has mercy upon the last and cares for the first. To the one he gives and to the other...

...he is gracious. He both honors the work and praises the intention. Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord and, whether first or last, receive your reward, or rich and poor one with another, dance for joy. You ascetics and you negligent celebrate the day. You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast rejoice today. The table is rich laden. Feast royally all of 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 from the grave. Let no one feared death, for the Savior's death has set us free. He that was taken by death has a kneehilated it. He descended into hades and took hades captive.

He embittered it when it tasted his flesh 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 it was bound in chains. It took a body and, facetoface, met God. It took earth and encountered heaven. It took what it saw, but crumbled 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 is risen and not one dead remains in a...

...tomb, for Christ, being raised from 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 hope that you have enjoyed and have been edified by this presentation offered to you by Patristic Nectar Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing this spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. Until next time,.

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