A Time to Sing and A Time to Drink

If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.
If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.
If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense.

If anyone has labored from the first hour, let them today receive the just reward.
If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let them feast.
If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let them have no misgivings; for they shall suffer no loss.
If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let them draw near without hesitation.
If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let them not fear on account of tardiness.

For the Master is gracious and receives the last even as the first;
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.

–Paschal Homily by St. John Chrysostom

The cyclical nature of the Liturgical Calendar includes times of all natures. This great time of Easter is our great celebration. As St. John Chrysostom says, even if you haven’t prepared for it as you should have, even if you haven’t been fasting as you ought, celebrate like you have been! Christ has risen, death has no hold, celebrate like you mean it. It is right and fitting for us to react to the greatness of the Resurrection with great feasting and drinking. I encourage all of you to celebrate in the knowledge that Christ has conquered death for us.

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