Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Sunday 25 February |
Saint of the Day: St. Toribio Romo González
Aleteia logo
Spirituality
separateurCreated with Sketch.

How to greet each other during the Easter season

greeting

Shutterstock

Philip Kosloski - published on 04/02/18

"Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!"

The Easter season is meant to be a great time of joy. This joy is naturally shared with others and over the centuries Christians have expressed it in different ways.

For example, Christians in many parts of the world will greet each other with a “Paschal Greeting.” It is much more than a “Happy Easter,” and relates the joy one has on account of the resurrection of Jesus.

The custom was originally developed within the context of the liturgy and is still maintained by Eastern Christians today.

It occurs during the Resurrection Matins, a night-time vigil that begins the celebration of Easter on Holy Saturday. According to the Metropolitan Cantor Institute, during the signing of the psalms “the faithful come forward to kiss the hand cross held by the priest, who greets each one: ‘Christ is risen!’; and each of the faithful replies, ‘Indeed he is risen!'”

The phrase is based on a greeting found in the Gospel of Luke, when those who encountered Jesus on the road to Emmaus went to tell the eleven apostles, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” (Luke 24:34)

There is also a tradition that says Mary Magdalene boldly approached Emperor Tiberius in Rome in order to relate to him the resurrection of Jesus. She said to him, “Christ is risen!”

Ever since the Paschal Greeting has been preserved not only in the liturgy, but also in the everyday customs of Eastern Christians who greet their friends and relatives throughout the Easter season with a joyous “Christ is risen!”

The Paschal Greeting

“Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!”
Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere! (Latin)
Christòs anésti! Alithós anésti! (Greek)


LEAVAN BREAD

Read more:
Why do Eastern Christians use leavened bread for the Eucharist?


ROME

Read more:
What does it mean to be “Roman” Catholic?

Tags:
Easter
Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

jour1_V2.gif
Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.