Thursday, March 27, 2008

Christ is Risen from the Dead

Beloved of Eastern Catholics and Orthodox alike is the Paschal Troparion, repeated numberless times in Eastertide, celebrating the victory of our Risen Christ over death, and His bestowal of life on us who were dead in sins - below find the Greek original, the Old Church Slavonic, the Ukrainian, the Latin, and the English (the two beaut video clips I have embedded make use of all these):

Χριστός ’ανέστη ’εκ νεκρών,
θανάτω θάνατον πατήσας,
και τοις ’εν τοις μνήμασι,
ζωὴν χαρισάμενος!

Хрїстосъ воскресе изъ мертвыхъ,
Смертїю смерть поправъ,
И сѹщымъ во гробѣхъ
животъ даровавъ!

Христос воскрес із мертвих,
смертю смерть подолав,
і тим, що в гробах,
життя дарував!

Christus resurrexit a mortuis,
Morte mortem calcavit,
Et entibus in sepulchris
Vitam donavit.

Christ is risen from the dead,
trampling down death by death,
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

[Or, more literally:

[Christ has risen from the dead,
by death he has trampled on death,
and to those in the graves given life.]

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