beheld the resurrection of Christ, let us worship the holy Lord Jesus,
the only Sinless One. We worship Thy cross, O Christ, and Thy holy
Resurrection we hymn and glorify; for Thou art our God, and we know none
other beside Thee, and we call upon Thy name. O come, all ye faithful,
let us worship Christ's holy Resurrection, for behold, through the Cross
joy hath come to all the world. Ever blessing the Lord, we hymn His
Resurrection; for, having endured crucifixion, He hath destroyed death
Христос Воскрес! Воістину Воскрес!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Christ is Risen,” is the Gospel proclamation. All four Gospels are silent on the manner of Christ’s Resurrection. Nowhere in Scripture is there a factual account of the event, but rather it expresses what occurred before or after the Resurrection.Two Icons depict this mystery of the Resurrection, the Descent into Hades and the Myrrh-Bearing Women. The more familiar one is the Icon of the Descent into Hades. In it, Christ is seen trampling the gates of Hades, taking Adam and Eve by the hands and drawing them to life.
Our Lord’s entrance into Hades, (depths of the earth) transforms it. Through
death He entered the realm of Hades which in the Icon is shown by the black
abyss. Christ’s presence in Hades showed that He took upon Himself every
humiliation and sin of mankind. He is shown as a conqueror with a radiant halo,
the symbol of glory. His garments are brilliant, filling the darkness with the
light of His divine presence. He stands upon the broken gate of the kingdom of
death, thus indicating His victory over death by His own death and resurrection.
Through His humiliation and death, He raised all creation to participate in
Bolts, broken chains, and keys are scattered about to signify the freeing of
those held captive and the breaking of
death’s hold over men. By Christ’s
descent, Hades is destroyed and its gates trampled. Having broken the bonds of
death’s power, Christ is seen raising Adam and Eve from the grave. In freeing
our first parents, Christ also frees those who put their faith in His coming.
- By Saint Ambrose of Milan