Saturday, April 30, 2016

Let His enemies be scattered

Today (specifically, late at night) we take part in one of the greatest events in human history, i.e. the Resurrection of Christ. Orthodox faithful go to Church to hear the priests and the chanters sing the well-known hymn: ‘Christ has risen from the dead. By death He has trampled upon death, and to those in the tombs He has given life.’ Unfortunately, after this hymn, the Churches are emptied. Everyone comes to hear the Καλό Λόγο, The Good Word that Christ has risen from the dead; but, not many of the faithful wish to celebrate and be part of the Divine Liturgy that follows this great event.

The Beginning of the Liturgy starts with the hymn ‘Christ has risen…’ The priest then chants some verses. Interestingly enough one of the first verses is: ‘Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.’ I am not sure why this is placed here; but, I have come to the conclusion that it is rightfully placed during this moment, since most ‘faithful’ choose to leave the Church and go and eat the traditional soup with meat. Not many understand these verses, but seeing the Church emptied within minutes, makes one think of where we, as a Church, as a group of faithful, where are we headed? Let us only hope that the Resurrected Son of God will be a loving judge at the end of times, and not see his own people as enemies. 

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