Christ is Risen!
from the sermon, “Christ is Risen!” by Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow, originally published in “Select Sermons by the Late Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow” London, J Masters, 1873
Is it right to convert into an amusement and pastime that joy which was won for us through sacrifice and suffering? “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore, ” concludeth the Apostle, “let us keep the feast, not with the old leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkeness, not in chambering and wantones, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.” He hath sufficient light and incorruptible joy, for all and each, so that none need pass by Him in search of illusive splendour, nor need an immortal soul seek its food in corruption. Seek ye then your joy ever in its true source. “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice.” Amen.
The Scripture references for the above, in order, are: I Corinthians 5:7,8; Romans 13:13,14; Philippians 4:4