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Comes the Radiant Resurrection of Christ

April 30 2005

In Easter address, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II said: "The great joy of the victory of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ fulfills our hearts on the day of Passover . "Will join it all to the joy of our Lord, first and last", says St. John Chrysostom. Now hell has broken Christ rose from the dead, opening the door of his kingdom to anyone who "rejected himself, took up his cross and followed him" (Matt. 16, 24) ... Easter - a celebration of the newly free of human nature, free from the bonds of original sin - deviation from the Creator. "

"Destroy the hell ..." In order to understand the metaphysics of Easter, a modern theologian and ecclesiastical writer Deacon Andrei Kuraev, whose name is known not only for believers, offers a good look at the Easter icon.

"The traditional Orthodox icon does not depict the moment of the Resurrection of Christ - Deacon Andrei wrote. - There is, however, a lot of icons on the inscription which says that for us the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, "but the real picture still tells the story of the events that took place a day earlier - on Holy Saturday. Paschal icon of the Orthodox Church is the icon of "Descent into Hell."

Christ on the icon holds the hand of Adam and Eve, He prepares the lime from their place of mourning. Christ as a garment flutter after a rapid descent. "We have before us - we read in Kuraev - point of the limit of the descent of Christ from her path goes up from the underworld - in the sky. Christ broke into hell, and crushed them to the gates of hell to break, are under His feet. "

Ancient Christian St. Gregory the Theologian said that only something that touched Christ, lives, filled with life - hence Christ's victory over death and hell have been impossible without the personal trials and that, and another ... The victory over death, God Almighty is mortal. To this end, he dies on the cross for that descends into the depths of hell.

Icon of the Descent into Hell "shows how committed the victory of Christ - not by force but through a maximum samoumalenie Lord. "All the complexity of the iconography of the Resurrection is the need to show that Christ - not only resurrected but Voskresitel - writes deacon Kuraev. - She talks about why God came to earth and died. On this icon given moment of crisis, a moment of meeting of two different directions, but the common purpose of action: a limit point of divine descent is the initial mainstay of human ascent. "God became man so that man became a god" - this is the golden formula of the Orthodox understanding of man. "

Possibility of such a metamorphosis was called a man on Easter, which translates as "transition". "How is Christ risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we are united together in the likeness of His death (baptism), it shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing that our old man was crucified with Him, so we should not serve sin "(Rom. 6,4-6). "A faithful saying: if we died with Him, with Him we shall also live" (2 Tim. 2,11).

The Resurrection of Christ - is bestowed upon man the victory over death. All the familiar words "Christ is Risen!" - Not just a statement of the most joyous event for the Christians of earth's history. This is good news to every believer: you are saved, be faithful to God and live forever, because of His Resurrection "works in us" (2 Cor. 4,12).

Maybe that's why even non-believers on Easter covers the mysterious and joyous feeling. A nation-wide tradition of dyeing Easter eggs (a symbol of rebirth, a dead shell of a new life is hidden) and the triple kiss when meeting with friends and even strangers in Russia remained, even in times when religion was synonymous with savagery and ignorance.And somehow, even non-believers are convinced that the Passover always clear, sunny spring weather.

Christ is Risen!

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