St. LukeDiocese Orthodox Christian Church of the South, Orthodox Church in America The Rev. Father Basil Henry, Priest 1415 Woodstock Ave. • Anniston, Alabama • www.stlukeanniston.org/ email@example.com • (256) 235-3893
Christ is Risen!
May 1st, 2011 • 2nd Sunday of Pascha • Thomas Sunday
Prophet Jeremiah (6th c. B.C.). Ven. Paphnutius, Abbot of Boróvsk (1478). New Martyrs Euthymius (1814), Ignatius (1814), and Acacius (1816), of Mt. Athos. Hieromartyr Makáry (Macarius), Metropolitan of Kiev (1497). Martyr Bata the Persian (4th c.). Rt. Blv. Tamára, Queen of Georgia (13th c.). Ven. Nicephoros of Chios (1821). Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos, “UNEXPECTED JOY.”
Remember in your prayers all those suffering from last week’s tornadoes as well as those who reposed as a result of the destruction. The cover photo was taken by Ukrainian photographer Sergey Fandikov (fandikov.gallery.ru).
Week Schedule Wed, 5/4 Thurs, 5/5 Fri, 5/6
Matins 8 a.m.
Matins 8 a.m.
Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m.
Mark 15:43-16:8 1 John 1:1-7 John 19:2527; 21:24-25
St. Athansius the Great
Day of Rejoicing
Sts. Pelagia & Nicephorus
St. Irene the Greatmartyr
Prophet Job the Longsuffering
St Alexis Toth, Defender of Orthodoxy
Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers
Service times are subject to change. Please check with Fr. Basil if in any doubt.
This Week’s Fasts Sunday
Great Vespers “Lord, I Call”
For with the Lord there is mercy and with Him is plenteous redemption, and He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Thomas sunday (Tone 1)
The Disciples were assembled on the eighth day…
Lead forth my soul from prison, that I may confess Thy name!
The doors being shut and the Disciples assembled, Thou didst appear to them as almighty, O Jesus, our God. Thou didst stand in their midst, giving them peace; Thou didst grant the Holy Spirit to them, commanding them to wait in Jerusalem until they would be clothed with the power from on high. Therefore we cry to Thee: “Our Illumination and Resurrection and Peace, glory to Thee!” The righteous await me, till Thou shalt reward me.
Thomas sunday (Tone 2)
O praise the Lord, all ye nations, praise Him, all ye people!
After Thy rising, O Lord, though the doors were shut, Thou didst come to Thine assembled Disciples. Thou didst grant them peace. Even Thomas believed, seeing Thy hands and side! He confessed Thee as Lord and God, Who save those who hope in Thee, O Lover of mankind! For His mercy hath been confirmed upon us and the truth of the Lord remaineth forever.
The doors being shut and the Disciples assembled… Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice!
When the doors were shut, Jesus stood in the midst of His Disciples. He calmed their hearts and granted Eight days after Thy Resurrection, O Lord, Thou camthem peace. Then He spoke to Apostle Thomas: “Do est to Thine Apostles proclaiming: “Peace be with you you not believe that I am risen from the dead? Bring all!” To the doubting Disciple, Thou didst show Thy your hands here, and touch My side! Be no longer an hands and side. He believed and cried to Thee: “My unbeliever! Proclaim My passion and My ResurrecLord and my God, glory to Thee!” tion to all, that everyone may join your cry: ‘My Lord Let Thine ears give heed to the voice of my prayer! and my God, glory to Thee!’” Eight days after Thy Resurrection…
Thomas sunday (Tone 6)
If Thou observest transgression, Lord, O Lord, who shall stand? For with Thee is propitiation.
Thomas, called the Twin, was not with the Disciples, O Christ, when Thou camest to them through closed doors. Therefore he doubted their word. Thou didst not reject him for his faithlessness. When he saw Thy side and the wounds in Thy hands and feet, his faith was made certain. Having touched and seen, he confessed Thee to be truly God, not only man, crying: “My Lord and my God, glory to Thee!” For Thy name’s sake have I waited upon Thee, O Lord; my soul hath waited upon Thy word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
Thomas, called the Twin, was not with the Disciples… From the morning watch even to the night, let Israel hope in the Lord!
The Disciples were assembled on the eighth day, and the Savior appeared to them. He gave them peace and said to Thomas: “Come, Apostle! Feel my hands, which were pierced by the nails!” Most wonderful doubt of Thomas! It brought the hearts of the faithful to knowledge. And with fear he cried: “My Lord and my God, glory to Thee!”
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
When the doors were shut, Jesus came to His Disciples. The Apostle Thomas, by divine dispensation, was not with them, for he spoke these words: “Unless I see the Master myself, unless I see His side flowing with baptismal blood and water, unless I see those wounds, which have healed all mankind, unless I see not a spirit, but flesh and bones, I will not believe.” Glory to Thou, O Lord, for Thou didst confirm Thomas in faith, and have trampled death by death!
Thomas sunday (Tone 4)
O most glorious wonder! Doubt bore certain faith! Thomas said: “Unless I see, I shall not believe!” By touching His side, he blessed the incarnate Son of God, Who had suffered in the flesh, and he proclaimed the resurrected God, crying out with joy: “My Lord and my God, glory to Thee!”
Thomas sunday (Tone 5)
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
O most glorious wonder! Thomas placed his hand on the fiery side of Jesus Christ, God! He was not scorched by this, but his doubt changed to certain faith, and he cried fervently: “Thou art my Master and my God. Glory to Thee, Who have resurrected from the dead!” For He strengthens the bars of your gates; He blesses your sons within you!
O most glorious wonder! John the Apostle leaned on the Savior’s breast, and Thomas was made worthy to touch His side. The one thus understood the depths of theology; the other was privileged to announce the mystery of the Resurrection to us, crying: “My Lord and my God, glory to Thee!”
How great is the abundance of Thy compassion, O Lover of mankind! Because of Thy long-suffering, Thou wast struck by the Jews, Thou wast examined by an Apostle and touched by those who denied Thee. How art Thou incarnate? How art Thou crucified? Thou hast not known sin! Make us understand like Thomas, that we may call out to Thee: “My Lord and my God, glory to Thee!”
Thomas sunday (Tone 7)
From the sealed tomb, Thou didst shine forth, O Life! Through closed doors Thou didst come to Thy Disciples, O Christ God. Renew in us, through them, an upright spirit, by the greatness of Thy mercy, O Resurrection of all!
St. Thomas Sunday
“Unless I see… I will not believe” (John 20:25). So said Thomas, one of Christ’s twelve disciples, in response to the joyful news of those who had seen their crucified and buried Teacher risen from the dead. Eight days later, as recorded in the gospels, when the disciples once again were all together, Christ appeared and told Thomas: “Put your finger here and see my hands; and put out your hand and place it in my side; be not faithless, but believing.” And Thomas exclaimed: “My Lord and my God!” Then Christ told him: “You have believed because you have seen me; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe…” (John 20:24-31). Millions of people today think and speak essentially like Thomas, and assume that this is the only correct approach worthy of any thinking person. “Unless I see, I will not believe…” In our contemporary speech isn’t this the “scientific approach?” But Christ says: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” This means that there is, and was, another approach, another standard, another possibility. True, others may say, but that approach is naïve and not rational; it’s unscientific; it’s for people who are backward; and since I’m a person of the modern world, “Unless I see, I will not believe.” We live in a world of great oversimplification and therefore spiritual poverty. “Scientific” or “Unscientific.”
People use words like these all the time as if they were self-evident and self-explanatory, and they use them because everyone else also uses them, without reflection, without debate. In fact, they themselves believe these reductions blindly and simplistically, and so any other approach appears to them as neither serious nor worthy of attention. The question is already decided. But is that really true? I just said that we live in a world of great spiritual poverty. And indeed, if the end result of humanity’s interminable development boils down to this pronouncement, “I won’t believe it till I see it”; if the human race looks upon this as the height of wisdom and reason’s greatest victory, then our world truly is
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Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Priest: “Blessed is the Kingdom … “Choir: “Amen.” Priest: “Christ is risen from the dead…” (2 ½ x) Choir: “and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!” (The Divine Liturgy is begun in this manner until the Leavetaking of Pascha.) Both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Thomas, who was not present at Thy first entry, O our Savior, touched Thy side and, believing, acknowledged Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Thee. Through food, the enemy led Adam out of Paradise; and through the Cross Christ led the thief back into it Troparia crying: ‘Remember me, O Lord, when Thou comest Thomas sunday (Tone 7) into Thy kingdom.’ From the sealed tomb, Thou didst shine forth, O Life! Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Through closed doors Thou didst come to Thy DisciI venerate Thy sufferings and glorify Thy resurrection. ples, O Christ God. Renew in us, through them, an With Adam and with the thief I raise a shining cry to upright spirit, by the greatness of Thy mercy, O ResurThee: ‘Remember me, O Lord, when Thou comest into rection of all! Thy kingdom.’
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Thomas sunday (Tone 8) Without sin, hast Thou been crucified, and of Thine Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, own will hast Thou been laid in the tomb. But Thou as now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. God hast risen raising Adam with Thyself, crying: ‘Re- Thomas touched Thy life-giving side with an eager member me, when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.’ hand, O Christ God, when Thou didst come to Thine Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, Apostles through closed doors. He cried out with all: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. “Thou art my Lord and my God!” On the third day, O Christ our God, Thou hast raised from the tomb the temple of Thy body raising with Thy- Prokeimenon SUNDAY (Tone 3) self Adam and those descending from him, crying: ‘ReGreat is our Lord, and abundant in power! His undermember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.’ standing is beyond measure! thomas Sunday
Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.
Having preserved for Thy disciples the wounds which Thou hadst willingly endured for us, O Christ, Thou didst show proof of Thy glorious resurrection.
Vs: Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God!
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.
Thomas SUNDAY Acts 5:12-20
Thou didst not leave Thomas drowning in the depths In those days, by the hands of the apostles were many of unbelief, O Master, stretching forth Thy hands to signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they all were with one accord on Solomon’s porch. be probed. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit… the people magnified them. And believers were the Our Savior said: “Having touched Me, behold Me clad more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and in bones and flesh. I have not changed!” women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, ~5~
that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bring sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. The the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, and laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and bought them forth, and said, God, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them: “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my Alleluia Verses finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand SUNDAY (Tone 8) in His side, I will not believe.” Vs: Come, let us rejoice in the Lord! Let us make a joyful noise to God our Savior! Eight days later, His disciples were again in the Vs: For the Lord is a great God, and a great King over house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and all the earth. said: “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, Gospel Reading “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithSUNDAY John 20:19-31 less, but believing.” Thomas answered Him, “My On the evening of that day: The first day of the week, Lord and my God!” Jesus said to Him: “Have you the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and who have not seen and yet believe.” said to them: “Peace be with you.” When He had Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of said this, He showed them His hands and His side. the disciples, which are not written in this book; Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. but these are written that you may believe that JeJesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the sus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when you may have life in His name. He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to
nd so, the Feast of Feasts has passed by us: and the Royal Gates in the Lord’s temples are shut; and the service is no longer as triumphant as it was during Bright Week. What, then, brethren, has this feast left in our souls? Christian holidays, you see, do not pass before us, one after another, just to leave our souls idle, but in order to discharge us from the cares and affairs of life’s concerns; to put it another way: the Lord provides us with holidays in order that we might temporarily put aside thinking about, concerning ourselves with, rejoicing at, grieving over, that which is worldly, earthly, quick to pass; but, instead, that we might meditate upon, concern ourselves with, rejoice at, that which is heavenly and eternal. It was precisely for this reason, as well, that the holiday just past was given us. St. John of Kronstadt (1829–1908) ~6~
continued from page 7 p o o r , superficial, and most all, incredibly boring. If I only know what I see, touch, measure and analyze, then how little I really know! The whole world of the human spirit falls by the wayside, all the intuition and profound knowledge that flow not from “I see” or “I touch,” but from “I think” and, most importantly, “I contemplate.” What falls away is that realm of knowledge which for centuries was rooted not in external, observable experience, but in another human faculty, an amazing and perhaps inexplicable ability that sets human beings apart from everything else and makes them truly unique. Even robots, machines and computers can now touch, handle and manipulate objects; they can make accurate observations, and even make predictions. We know that they actually perform better than human beings in measuring, comparing, making exact observations flawlessly; they are more accurate, more “scientific.” But here is what no robot, under any circumstances, will ever be able to do: to be filled with wonder, to be awed, to have feelings, to be moved by tenderness, to rejoice, to see what can’t be seen by measurement or analysis of any kind. No robot will hear those unheard sounds that give birth to music and poetry; no robot will ever cry, or trust. But without all this doesn’t our world become colorless, boring and, I would say, unnecessary? Oh yes, planes and spaceships will fly ever further and faster. But where to and what for? Oh yes, laboratories will conduct their analyses with ever increasing accuracy. But to what end? “For the good of humanity,” I’m told. I understand, so this means that one day we will have a healthy, well fed, self-satisfied human being walking about, who will be totally blind, totally deaf and totally unaware of his deafness and blindness.
“Unless I see I will not believe.” Clearly, however, observable experience, empirical data, is just one form of knowledge, the most elementary, and therefore the lowest form. Empirical analysis is useful and necessary, but to reduce all human knowledge to this level is like trying to comprehend the beauty of a painting by a chemical analysis of its paint. What we call faith is at a second and higher level of human knowledge, without which, it can be claimed, man would be unable to live even a single day. Every person believes in something or someone, so the only question is whose faith, whose vision, whose knowledge of the world corresponds more accurately and more completely to the richness and complexity of life. Some say that the resurrection of Christ must be a fabrication since the dead do not rise. True, if there is no God. But if God exists, then death must be overthrown, since God cannot be a God of decay and death. Others will then say: but there is no God, since no one has seen him. But how then do you account for the experience of millions of people who joyfully affirm that they have seen, not with their physical eyes, but with a profound and certain inner sight? Two thousand years have passed, but when the joyful proclamation “Christ is risen!” descends as if from heaven, all still send out the same triumphant response, “Truly He is risen!” Is it really true that you neither see nor hear? Is it really true that in the deepest part of your consciousness, away from all analysis, measurements and palpation, you neither see nor feel any undying, radiant light, you do not hear the sounds of an eternal voice: “I am the way, the resurrection and the life…”? Is it really true that in the depth of your soul you do not recognize Christ within us, within me, answering Doubting Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet believe?”
By Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann (1921-1983)
St. Alexis Toth - Confessor of the Orthodoxy in America
Our righteous father Alexis of Wilkes-Barre was a missionary priest, sent from his homeland in Slovakia as a Uniate, who, in order to serve and protect his flock in the United States in a hostile Latin environment, recognized the need to lead them in a return to their Orthodox Christian heritage. His feast day is celebrated on May 7. In Europe
Alexis Georgievich Toth was born to Father George and Cecilia Toth on March 14, 1853, near Eperjes (now Presov) in Zepes county of Slovakia during the reign of Franz Joseph Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary. He followed in the steps of his father who was dean of the United Greek Church in the county. He was educated in the local preparatory schools and then went on to the Roman Catholic seminary for a year and then on for three years to the Uniate Greek Seminary in Ungvar. He continued on to the University of Prague where he graduated with a degree in Theology. After marrying Rosalie Mihaluk on April 18, 1878, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1878 by Bishop Nicholas Toth, the Uniate Greek Catholic bishop of Presov. In a few years his wife Rosalie, whose father also was a priest, and their only child were to die. After his ordination Father Alexis was an assistant priest in Saros county before becoming the curate in the United Greek Catholic Church in Homrogd. Then Bishop Nicholas Toth appointed Father Alexis his chancellor. In 1881 the bishop appointed him director of the United Greek Catholic Seminary of Presov and professor of Canon Law and Church History. He continued in these position under Bishop Toth’s successor, Bishop John Valyi.
Then late in the 1880s, Father Alexander Dzubay, who studied with Father Alexis in the seminary, wrote a petition from America to Bishop John asking that Father Alexis be sent to America. The bishop agreed and sent Father Alexis as a “missioner.” He arrived in the United States on November 15, 1889, and on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, Father Alexis conducted his first services in the new St. Mary’s Church in Minneapolis
as the first resident priest to serve this church officially. However, the church edifice was incomplete, there were no furnishings, no vestments, but a debt. Over the next year Father Alexis worked with his community, preaching, asking for donations, acquiring furnishings, vestments, and bringing the parish to an organized, stable institution, all this without receiving any salary. As a Uniate, Father Alexis understood that he must visit the ruling Roman Catholic bishop in the area, Archbishop John Ireland of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in St. Paul. Archbishop Ireland was a strong advocate of the “Americanization” movement within the Roman Catholic Church, and thus was a strong proponent of the Americanization of the Catholic immigrants. And in this regard, Archbishop Ireland looked upon Father Alexis and his flock as an alien sect that did not have the capacity or desire to fit into his plans for Americanization. So, upon presenting his credentials to Archbishop Ireland on December 19, 1889, the Archbishop immediately rejected him as a Catholic, not recognizing the Greek Rite nor Father Alexis as a priest nor even his bishop. Archbishop Ireland directed all Roman Catholic priests and their flock to not have any relations with Father Alexis and his people. Father Alexis sent reports to his bishop in Slovakia about his reception by Archbishop Ireland but heard nothing in return. Other Uniate priests in the United States sent letters to Father Alexis reporting that they had had similar confrontations. The problems for the Uniate priests reached a head after they met to discuss their situation. They learned that they were to be all recalled and returned to Europe.
These confrontations brought Father Alexis to a course
of action about which he had thought about before and that was to return to Orthodox Christianity. On December 8, 1890, St. Mary’s parishioners wrote to the Russian Consul in San Francisco to obtain information about a Russian Orthodox bishop and followed up by traveling to San Francisco to talk with Bishop Vladimir (Sokolovsky) of San Francisco. Then, in February 1891 Father Alexis traveled with a parish group, led by the Church Warden, Paul Podnay, to met with Bishop Vladimir. At this time Father Alexis was received into the Orthodox Church. Bishop Vladimir, hearing that Father Alexis was not receiving any pay, established a stipend to help him. On March 25, 1892, Bishop Vladimir visited the St. Mary’s parish and formally accepted the community of 361 immigrants into the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. On July 14, 1892, the Ruling All-Russian Holy Synod officially approved and sanctioned this move. By this action Father Alexis Toth gained the distinction
of being the first Uniate Greek Rite Catholic priest in America to lead his people in reunion with the Orthodox Church. Having been sent originally to America to be a missionary to the immigrants, Father Alexis, in his new role, was to fulfill his destiny as the missionary leading his people back to the Orthodox Church. In December 1892 he evangelized the immigrants in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, preaching and enlightening them about their social and religious future in America. In 1902, he received the parish of St. John the Baptist in Mayfield, Pennsylvania, into the Orthodox fold. Elevated to the rank of protopresbyter, he was in the forefront, over the years until his death, of receiving parishes from the Unia into Orthodoxy. Through his efforts over 20,000 Carpatho-Russian and Galician uniates were re-united with the Orthodox Church. On May 7, 1909, he died and was buried in a special shrine at the St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania). On May 29, 1994, Protopresbyter Alexis Toth was glorified as St. Alexis of WilkesBarre.
Hymns Troparion (Tone 4) Kontakion (Tone 5) O righteous Father Alexis, Let us, the faithful, praise the Priest Alexis, Our heavenly intercessor and teacher, Divine adornment of the Church of Christ!
A bright beacon of Orthodoxy in America,
Entreat the Master of All
A worthy shepherd of the Flock of Christ.
To strengthen the Orthodox Faith in America,
He called back the sheep who had been led astray
To grant peace to the world
And brought them by his preaching
And to our souls, great mercy!
To the Heavenly Kingdom!
A model of patience and humility,
Christ is Risen!
(in many different languages)
Albanian: Krishti Ungjall! Vertete Ungjall!
Greek: Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!
Arabic: Al Maseeh Qam! Haqqan Qam!
Hebrew: Ha Mashiyach qam! Ken hoo qam!
Armenian: Christos harjav i merelotz! Orhniale harutjun Christosi!
Hungarian: Krisztus feltámadt! Valóban feltámadt!
Byelorussian: Khristos Uvoskros! Zaprowdu Uvoskros!
Italian: Cristo č risorto! Č veramente risorto!
Chinese: Helisituosi fuhuole! Queshi fuhuole!
Japanese: Harisutosu Fukkatsu! Jitsu Ni Fukkatsu!
Coptic: Pikhirstof aftonf ! Khen o methni aftonf !
Latin: Christus resurrexit! Vere resurrexit!
Czech: Kristus vstal zmrtvy’ch! Skutec ne vstal!
Norwegian: Kristus er oppstanden! Han er sannelig opstanden!
Danish: Kristus er opstanden! Ja, sandelig opstanden!
Polish: Khristus Zmartvikstau! Zaiste Zmartvikstau!
Dutch: Christus is opgestaan! Hij is waarlijk opgestaan!
Portugese: Christo Ressuscitou! Em Verdade Ressuscitou!
English: Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
Rumanian: Hristos a Inviat! Adeverat a Inviat!
Estonian: Kristus on surnuist ülestőusnud! Tőesti ülestőusnud! Finnish: Kristus nousi Kuolleista! Totisesti Nousi!
Russian: Khristos voskres! Voistinu voskres! Serbian: Hristos Vaskrese! Vaistinu Vaskrese! Slovak: Kristus vstal zmr’tvych! Skutoc ne vstal!
French: Le Christ est Resurrecté! En Verite, il est Resurrecté! Gaelic: Erid Krist! G’deya! n erid she!
Spanish: Cristo ha resucitado! Verdaderamente ha resucitado!
Irish Gaelic: Tá Críosd ar éirigh! Go deimhin, tá e ar éirigh!
Swedish: Kristus är upstĺnden! Ja, Han är sannerligen uppstĺnden!
Scots’ Gaelic: Tha Crěosd air čiridh! Gu dearbh, tha e air čiridh!
Syriac: Meshiha qam! Bashrira qam!
Georgian: Kriste aghsdga! Cheshmaritad aghsdga!
Ukranian: Kristos Voskres! Voistinu voskres! Welsh: Atgyfododd Crist! Atgyfododd in wir! ~10~
Orthodox worshippers in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher holding the Holy Fire, Saturday, April 23. St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church 1415 Woodstock Ave. Anniston, AL 36207