Christ is Risen Indeed!
For us Orthodox Christians to be so madly in love with our resurrected Lord that we greet absolutely everyone… family, friends, Orthodox Christians, and even strangers (maybe even especially strangers) with Christ is risen!
Three thousand people didn’t become Christians on Pentecost because the Apostles chose to simply stay in the room and exchange the good news among themselves. People need to hear this life-saving message. And if they don’t hear it from us, then from whom? Oh yes, we will get lots of strange looks, condescending smiles, and smart remarks. But we will also touch some hungry hearts. You might hear: “Christ is risen!” “Yes, he has!”; “Christ is risen!” “How do you know?” “Christ is risen!” “You betcha He has!” “Christ is risen!” “Alleluia!” “Christ is risen!” “What do you mean?” “Christ is risen!” “Amen!” I’ve heard a million responses; and all of them invite us to dialogue about the Risen Christ! My favorite response was one that I heard at my hotel from a security guard: “Christ is risen!” “Does your church believe in Marriage?” So we talked for several hours about Christian marriage!
- Fr. Gregory Horton