Paschal troparion

Paschal Troparion

Paschal troparion

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The Paschal troparion or Christos anesti (Greek: Χριστὸς ἀνέστη) is the characteristic hymn for the celebration of Pascha (Easter) in the Eastern Orthodox Church and those Eastern Catholic Churches which follow the Byzantine Rite.

Like most troparia it is a brief stanza often used as a refrain between the verses of a Psalm, but is also used on its own. Its authorship is unknown. It is nominally sung in Tone Five, but often is sung in special melodies not connected with the Octoechos. It is often chanted thrice (three times in succession).

Usage

The troparion is first sung during the Paschal Vigil at the end of the procession around the church which takes place at the beginning of Matins. When all are gathered before the church's closed front door, the clergy and faithful take turns chanting the troparion, and then it is used as a refrain to a selection of verses from Psalms 67 and 117 (this is the Septuagint numbering; the KJV numbering is 68 and 118):

<blockquote>Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those who hate Him flee from before His face (Ps. 68:1)<br>As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish; as wax melts before the fire (Ps. 68:2a)<br>So the sinners will perish before the face of God; but let the righteous be glad (Ps. 68:2b)<br>This is the day which the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24)</blockquote>

In the remainder of the Vigil it is sung after each ode of the canon, at the end of...
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