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It was vouchsafed me to behold the Uncreated Light of Divinity… Elder Sophrony of Essex

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Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
ХристосВоскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
Le Christ est ressuscité! Vraiment Il est ressuscité!
Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!
Cristo ha resucitado! Verdaderamente, ha resucitado!

Words of Eternal Life by Elder Sophrony of Essex , disciple of St. Silouan the Athonite

I would look up at the clear blue sky, sometimes staring fixedly in one direction, at others letting my eyes sweep from one edge to the other. When my gaze reached the horizon, I would travel further and mentally embrace our whole planet. I would peer into the depths, trying to penetrate its boundaries, but the longer I stayed my attention on the marvellous scene—the more eagerly I studied the heavenly sphere, full of light—the more the mystery fascinated me. And when, by a gift from on High, it was vouchsafed me to behold the Uncreated Light of Divinity, I saw the blue sky of our planet as a symbol of the radiance of heavenly glory. This radiance is everywhere—filling all the depths of the universe, ever tangible, other-worldly for the created world. Azure-blue is the colour of transcendency. Many human beings have been given the blessing of beholding this marvellous Light. Most of them cherished the blessing as the most precious secret of their life and, captivated by this wonder, departed to the other world. But others were bidden to bear witness to near and distant brethren of this lofty reality.

from We Shall See Him as He Is, trans. Rosemary Edmonds (Platina, CA: St Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2006), p. 166

Christ has risen from the dead, by death trampling upon Death, and has bestowed Life to those in the tombs.

Thy Resurrection, O Christ our Savior, enlightened the whole world, and recalled Thine own creation, Almighty Lord, glory to Thee.

 

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