Fitting and Right

It is fitting and right to hymn you, to bless you, to praise you, to give you thanks, to worship  you in all places of your dominion.  For you are God, ineffable, inconceivable, and your only begotten Son and your Holy Spirit. You brought us out of not-being to being; and when we had fallen, You raised us up again; and did not cease to do everything until You had brought us up to heaven, and granted us the kingdom that is come. For all these things, we give thanks to You and to Your only begotten Son and to Your Holy Spirit, for all that we know and do not know, Your seen and unseen benefits that have come upon us.  We give You thanks also for this ministry, vouchsafe to receive it from our hands, even though thousands of archangels and ten thousands of angels stand before You, cherubim and seraphim, with six wings and many eyes, flying on  high, singing the triumphal hymn proclaiming, crying and saying “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabaoth, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.”

—John Chrysostom (4th century)

He Is Risen!

Many active Christians would say that Christmas is their chief festival. Closer to the mark, but still missing it, are those who would say that Easter Day is the principal feast of the church. What is amiss about such assessments? Simply this: No observance that occurs only once a year can connote the continuing work of God in daily life. Therefore the chief festival occurs weekly, and from it all else is derived, including those annual festivities that may be more visible and certainly are the more popular cultural occasions. . . . It has become a maxim of late that “every Sunday is a little Easter.’” But it would be more accurate to say that “every Easter is a great Sunday.”

—Laurence Stookey, Calendar: Christ’s Time for the Church, 44,54