The Katavasia of Pascha


Ode 1: It is the Day of Resurrection, /

let us be radiant, O ye people; /

Pascha, the Lord's Pascha: /

for from death to life, /

and from earth to heaven, /

Christ God hath brought us, //

as we sing the song of victory.


Ode 3: Come, let us drink a new drink, /

not one miraculously brought forth from a barren rock /

but the Fountain of Incorruption, /

springing forth from the tomb of Christ, //

in Whom we are strengthened.


Ode 4: On divine watch let the God-inspired Habakkuk stand with us, /

and show forth the light-bearing angel clearly saying: /

Today salvation is come to the world, /

for Christ is risen //

as Almighty.


Ode 5: Let us awake in the deep dawn, /

and instead of myrrh, offer a hymn to the Master, /

and we shall see Christ, /

the Sun of Righteousness, //

Who causeth life to dawn for all.


Ode 6: Thou didst descend into the nethermost parts of the earth, /

and didst shatter the eternal bars that held the fettered, O Christ, /

and on the third day, /

like Jonah from the whale, //

Thou didst arise from the tomb.


Ode 7: He Who delivered the Children from the furnace, /

became man, suffereth as a mortal, /

and through His Passion /

doth clothe mortality with the beauty of incorruption, /

He is the only blessed and most glorious //

God of our fathers.


Ode 8: This chosen and holy day /

is the first of the sabbaths, /

the queen and lady, /

the feast of feasts, /

and the festival of festivals, //

wherein we bless Christ unto the ages.


Ode 9: Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, /

for the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee; /

dance now and be glad, O Zion, /

and do thou exult, O pure Theotokos, //

in the arising of Him Whom thou didst bear.