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The '''Paschal Homily''' of St. [[John Chrysostom]] is read at the end Episcopal Assembly of [[Orthros]] (Matins) at [[PaschaNorth and Central America]]''', founded in 2010, the feast consists of all the [[Resurrection]] active Orthodox bishops of [[Jesus Christ]]North and Central America, universally throughout representing multiple jurisdictions. It is the [[Orthodox Church]]successor to SCOBA, and it is not, properly speaking, a synod. It was composed sometime during his ministry The Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America is one of several such bodies around the world which operate in the late 4th or early 5th centuryso-called "diaspora."
"If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival...He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one he gives, and to the other he is gracious. He both honors the work and praises the intention...He descended into hades and took hades captive!...:For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that slept..."
This sermon is a fine example of the "Christ Victorious" model of the atonement that was the dominant image of the work of Christ among early Christians and among the Orthodox today. Orthodoxy sees chiefly Christ the Victor and interprets the Crucifixion primarily as an act of triumphant victory over the powers of evil. This is the reason for the festal hymn of the Resurrection being ''Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life''.  '''''Recently featured:''''' [[Pachomius the GreatRaphael Morgan]], [[Holy Week]], [[ChrismationGeorges Florovsky]], [[Sava the NewTheodoros II (Choreftakis) of Alexandria]], [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside RussiaPaschal Homily]], [[ROCOR and OCAPachomius the Great]]. ''Newly View all [[:Category:Featured Articles|featured articles]] are presented on '''Saturdays'''.''<noinclude>
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