Excerpt from John Chrysostom’s Easter Sermon
Let no one lament persistent failings, for forgiveness has risen from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the death of our Saviour has set us free.
The Lord has destroyed death by enduring it. The Lord vanquished Hell when he descended into it. The Lord put Hell in turmoil even as it tasted of his flesh.
Isaiah foretold this when he said, “You, O Hell, were placed in turmoil when he encounter[ed] you below.”
Hell was in turmoil having been eclipsed. Hell was in turmoil having been mocked. Hell was in turmoil having been destroyed. Hell was in turmoil having been abolished. Hell was in turmoil having been made captive.
Hell grasped a corpse, and met God. Hell seized earth, and encountered Heaven. Hell took what it saw, and was overcome by what it could not see.
O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory?
Christ is risen, and you are cast down! . . .
Christ is risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead.
Read the full text, here.