If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of their Lord.
If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense.
If anyone has labored from the first hour, let them today receive the just reward.
If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let them feast.
If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let them have no misgivings; for they shall suffer no loss.
If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let them draw near without hesitation.
If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let them not fear on account of tardiness.
For the Master is gracious and receives the last even as the first; He gives rest to the one that
comes at the eleventh hour, even as to those who have labored from the beginning.
He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one He gives, and to the other He is gracious.
The Lord honors every deed and commends their intention.
Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord! First and last alike, receive your reward.
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
O 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 all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one grieve poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one lament persistent failings, for forgiveness has risen from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the death of our Saviour set us free.
He that was taken by death has annihilated it!
He descended into Hades and took Hades captive!
He embittered it when it tasted His flesh! Isaiah foretold this when he said: "Hades was
embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions".
Hell was embittered, for it was abolished!
It was embittered, for it was mocked!
It was embittered, for it was purged!
It was embittered, for it was despoiled!
It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!
Hell grasped a corpse, and met God.
Hell seized earth, and encountered heaven.
Hell took what it saw, and was overcome by what it could not see.
O death, where is thy sting?
O Hades, where is thy victory?
Christ is risen, and death is overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!
For Jesus Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the first-fruits of them that have slept.
To Him be glory and might unto the ages of ages.
The Paschal homily or sermon (also known in Greek as Hieratikon or as the Catechetical Homily) of St
John Chrysostom is read aloud in every Orthodox church on the morning of Pascha (a.k.a "Easter" in the West), called "the Great and Holy Pascha of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ" in the Eastern
Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches. According to the Tradition of the Church, no one sits during the reading of the Paschal homily. Portions of it are often done with the interactive
participation of the congregation. This version has been amended by The Rev. ClayOla Gitane from an Anglican and an Orthodox version.