Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
Are you ready for the Big Day?
During the Pascha/Easter season, the forty days between Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension, a tradition of the Orthodox faithful is to greet one another with the words, “Christ is risen!” The standard response isn’t to repeat the greeting nor to say “Yes, I heard.” We say, “Truly, He is risen.” Our response is an affirmation to their witness of this basic core belief of Christianity. Jesus was crucified, suffered, was buried and rose on the third day… (according to the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.)
My husband, a bit of a linguist, enjoys stumping the congregation with a variety of languages. He must be getting ready for Saturday night’s celebration because he just posted an extensive list on Facebook.
Now, I don’t normally share Wiki anything… but this is my one exception. Here’s the link for the full list: www.orthodoxwiki.org/Paschal_greeting
Or you can listen to a variety of languages being sung by Fr. Chris Metropulos and EIKONA in this YouTube video.
Greek – Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! (Khristós anésti! Alithós anésti!)
Slavic languages- Church Slavonic – Христосъ воскресе! Воистину воскресе! (Khristos voskrese! Voistinu voskrese!)
Albanian (Tosk) – Krishti u ngjall! Vërtet u ngjall!
Armenian – Քրիստոս հարյա՜վ ի մեռելոց: Օրհնյա՜լ է Հարությունը Քրիստոսի: (Khristos haryav i merelotz! Orhnyal e Harouthyoune Khristosi!) – (Lit: Christ is risen! Blessed is the resurrection of Christ!)
English – “Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!” or “Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen!” or “Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!”
Romanian – Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!
French – Le Christ est ressuscité! En verité il est ressuscité! or Le Christ est ressuscité! Vraiment il est ressuscité!
Italian – Cristo è risorto! È veramente risorto!
Spanish – ¡Cristo ha resucitado! ¡En verdad ha resucitado!
Portuguese – Cristo ressuscitou! Em verdade ressuscitou!
Persian – !مسیح برخاسته است! به راستی برخاسته است (Masih barkhaste ast! Be rasti barkhaste ast!)
Arabic (standard) – !المسيح قام! حقا قام (al-Masīḥ qām! Ḥaqqan qām!) or !المسيح قام! بالحقيقة قام (al-Masīḥ qām! Bi-l-ḥaqīqati qām!)
Coptic – ΠιχρίςΤος αϥτωΝϥ! ϦΕΝ οΥΜεθΜΗι αϥτωΝϥ! (Pikhristos Aftonf! Khen oumethmi aftonf!)
Malayalam – ക്രിസ്തു ഉയിര്ത്തെഴുന്നേറ്റു! തീര്ച്ചയായും ഉയിര്ത്തെഴുന്നേറ്റു! (Christu uyirthezhunnettu! Theerchayayumuyirthezhunnettu!)
Aleut – Kristus aq ungwektaq! Pichinuq ungwektaq!
Swahili – Kristo Amefufukka! Kweli Amefufukka!
Turkish – Hristós diril–Dí! Hakíkatén diril–Dí!
Finnish – Kristus nousi kuolleista! Totisesti nousi!
Meadow Mari – Христос ылыж кынелын! Чынак ылыж кынелын!
Japanese – ハリストス復活！実に復活！ (Harisutosu fukkatsu! Jitsu ni fukkatsu!)
Korean – 그리스도께서 부활하셨습니다! 참으로 부활하셨습니다! (Kristo Gesso Buhwal ha sho sumnida! Chamuro Buhwal ha sho sumnida!)
Mandarin Chinese – 基督復活了 他確實復活了 (Jīdū fùhuó le! Tā quèshí fùhuó le!)
German – Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!
Norwegian – Kristus er oppstanden! Han er sannelig oppstanden!
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