Sunday, April 27, 2008

Blessed Pascha !




Christ is Risen !
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia !
He is Risen indeed ! Alleluia !


I wish you all a joyous and blessed Feast of Pascha :-)

The fresco is 11th century, from the 5th century foundation Chora Church in Istanbul.

I hope someone Christian in Constantinople today will be able to visit this church - now a museum, after having been a mosque for almost 500 years- and sing Christos Anesti under the fresco of the Resurrection.......
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9 comments:

Meg said...

Wishing you also a joyous and blessed Pascha. I wouldn't hold my breath about someone singing "Christ is risen" in the museum in Constantinople, though -- the Turks are rabid about that kind of thing, and wouldn't hesitate to arrest someone who did that, with predictable consequences. (A friend of mine emigrated from Constantinople, and can tell the most horrible stories about what her family suffered under Turkish rule.)

Christina said...

"I hope someone Christian in Constantinople today will be able to visit this church - now a museum, after having been a mosque for almost 500 years- and sing Christos Anesti under the fresco of the Resurrection......."

Christos Anesti! Alethos Anesti!
Your words made me tear up...

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

And a blessed Pascha to you and your family, and many years!

My husband's uncle once visited Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. He was a cantor, and sure enough, he stood where the cantors' stand would have been, and began singing.
"What God as as great as our God, Who alone does wonders?"

And he kept singing until the authorities escorted him out.

Meg said...

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

My husband's uncle once visited Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. He was a cantor, and sure enough, he stood where the cantors' stand would have been, and began singing.
"What God as as great as our God, Who alone does wonders?"

And he kept singing until the authorities escorted him out.

Meg here: This does not surprise me in the least. I'm sure if he had been a resident, his fate would have been much worse. Your uncle is a brave man!

Solomon said...

If there is anything Turkish authorities would not want proclaimed, it is "Christ is risen". After all, without the Resurrection, Isa is just a dead prophet like Muhammad. Alive, He is the direct contradiction of Islam.

The Resurrection means "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

The Resurrection means the Turks have rejected Allah. There's nothing that insults Turkishness more than to suggest that worship a false God.

Elevation Perception said...

Christ is Risen!
Христос Воскресе!

Mimi said...

Indeed He is Risen!

I have a friend who crossed herself as she entered the Hagia Sophia, which got her inspected quite closely by the guards.

emily said...

Truly He is Risen!

I have been to the Church of the Chora in Constantinople and that icon is simply breathtaking.

Mary Poppins NOT said...

Truly He is Risen!

Blessed Pascha to you!