Christ is Risen! Pascha 2015!

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Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!! Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе!  Χριστόσ Ανέστη!! Αληθώσ Ανέστη!!! ¡Cristo ha resucitado! Verdadaremente, ha resucitado!


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


Before the dawn,Mary and the women came and found the stone rolled away from the tomb.They heard the angelic voice:”Why do you seek among the dead as a man the One who is everlasting light?Behold the clothes in the grave!Go and proclaim to the world: The Lord is risen!He has slain death, as He is the Son of God,saving the race of men.”


Thou didst decend into the tomb, O Immortal,Thou didst destroy the power of death!In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God,proclaiming “Rejoice” to the myrrhbearing women,granting peace to Thy apostles,and bestowing resurrection to the fallen.

Paschal hymn to the Theotokos:

The angel cried to the Lady…

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He Is Risen!

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Origin of the word Alleluia

before the fourth cup(Passover), you sing the great hil-el psalms: 114, 115, 116, 117 and 118

a liturgical prayer consisting of all or part of Psalms 113–118, recited on Passover, Shavuoth, Sukkoth, Hanukkah, and Rosh Hodesh.

from Hebrew hallēl, from hellēl to praise

C16: from Hebrew hallelūyāh praise the Lord, from hellēl to praise + yāh the Lord, Yahweh

Pope Francis presides over Easter Vigil service amid concern for martyrs | Fox News

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis presided over the solemn Easter Vigil service Saturday night amid mounting Vatican concern for modern-day Christian martyrs whose deaths have dominated this Easter season.

Francis walked in the dark down an utterly silent St. Peter’s Basilica at the start of the vigil Mass, which precedes the joyous celebration on Easter Sunday commemorating Christ’s resurrection after his crucifixion.

via Pope Francis presides over Easter Vigil service amid concern for martyrs | Fox News.

What The Prophets Yearned To See

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Holy Saturday

We have anticipated this night for forty days. It is the most important celebration of the entire year, the Easter Vigil. The Church has3570bf728870d72978d354373267d2af taken us through the entire story of salvation in the Old Testament, and we have just heard the prophets who yearned to see what we celebrate on this Holy Saturday night. Now as the gospel is read, the exciting scene unfolds.

Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bring spices so that they might go and anoint the body of Jesus, only to discover that the heavy stone has been rolled away from the entrance to the tomb. On entering the tomb they see a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they naturally are shocked.

The angel speaks matter-of-factly as he tells them not to be amazed because Jesus told them exactly what was going…

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DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes, watchdog says – John Bresnahan and Lauren French – POLITICO

Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday.

In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report states. Ten DEA agents later admitted attending the parties, and some of the agents received suspensions of two to 10 days.

via DEA agents had 'sex parties' with prostitutes, watchdog says – John Bresnahan and Lauren French – POLITICO.
It was the Secret Service not too long ago. Anyone see a pattern?