Saturday, April 11, 2009

Χριστς νέστη κ νεκρν,

θανάτ θάνατον πατήσας,

κα τος ν τος μνήμασι,

ζων χαρισάμενος!

This is a traditional hymn dating back to the early church. If you don't know Greek I'll help you out. In Roman letters it reads:

Christos anesti ek nekron,

Thanato thanaton patisas,

Kai tis en tis mnimasi

Zo-in kharisamenos!

It is translated:

Christ is risen from the dead,

Trampling down death by death,

And upon those in the tombs

Bestowing life!

The traditional greeting comes from the first line of this hymn. "Χριστς νέστη" or "Christos anesti" in Roman letters which is "Christ is Risen" in English. This greeting is answered with "ληθς νέστη," "Alethos anesti" in Roman letters, or "He is risen indeed," in English. It can also be translated "Truly He is risen."

Tomorrow morning greet everyone with the good news. Christ is not in the tomb, he is not in the grave. He is not in a mortal body, but is truly and fully risen sitting at the right hand of God ever interceding for our sins.


Nick the Geek said...

If you are wondering, yes I read and write Greek. Yes I can post half way intelligent things from time to time. Pick your chin up off the floor now.

Helen said...

Years ago, the priest preaching the Easter homily at my parish was from an Eastern Catholic background. I remember thinking how perfect that greeting was compared with "Happy Easter", which will invoke in your head either Jesus or bunnies, pending on your own preferences.
But "He is risen!" and "He is risen, indeed!" is just so perfect. Can you imagine greeting people on the street with "He is risen!" tomorrow? I can. People might think I was crazy, but at least this time it would be for a good cause.
Happy Easter, Nick! He is risen!

jasperseng said...

wow... Nick you are super great... Greek ~~ that is great...

katdish said... it IS Greek! I figured as much. Now I'll know where to come to cut and paste stuff when I want to impress people with my daft Greek writing skillz.

And I don't know that much would shock me about you, Nick. You seem to know quite a bit about a lot of stuff.

Nick the Geek said...

I think it captures the truth much more than Happy Easter. I think we need a better way to say Merry Christmas too. I know that has the word Christ right in it, but there is so much commercialism around the day that it has lost something.

Thanks. I'm thinking you are pretty awesome yourself. I'm guessing you speak as many if not more languages than I do. In my study into Malaysia I have noticed that there re a lot of languages spoken and used in schools. I wish America focused more on languages. The kids in my Youth are pretty much unilingual. A couple are taking Spanish or French in HS but they will only take what is required then forget it all. Pretty sad considering how the world functions. So I think you are super great for your obvious language skills.

Yep, Greek. Thought about leaving more but I figured you would be able to handle it on your own by visiting. I do have too much useless information in my head. Once in a while that useless knowledge becomes worth knowing.

jasperseng said...

well maybe you will think it is great... but during our school days we felt terrible having so many languages around haha...

the basic language we learn in junior school is English Malay and Chinese.
As for Chinese people in Malaysia we have our own native language..
For example Hokkien and Canthonese.

Basically i know 5 languages.
Now i am in Russia learning Russian.. my 6th language.

one thing about Malaysia, we are not allow to talk about Christianity publicly. Due to Islam being our nation official religion.

So it is a hard time for us to spread the gospel.but den we manage to survive...

Nick the Geek said...


Yep I figured about 5 languages. I can read/write 4 but really only speak 2. I can also read and stumble through Spanish which might count as 5 but I wouldn't survive long if that was the only language people around me spoke ... well I'd survive but just barely.

Lately I've been wanting to learn Japanese. I lived there for a few years when I was very young but don't remember much of the language at all. I can count to 10 say yes, no, thank you, and you are welcome. A few little other words and phrases but not really enough to even order dinner.

I'll be praying for you. Many people in America don't understand what it is like for our brothers and sisters in much of the world that cannot express themselves without breaking the law. God is good though and from what I've read Christians there are doing better than surviving. They are thriving in ways American Christians will not until they taste real persecution.

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