Russian Easter greeting

8 04 2012

All across the Russian-speaking world today, Christians great each other with these words:

  • Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе!
    (Khristos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!)

  • Christ is risen! Truly risen!

Ukrainian pysanky

In Kiev, where sixty-some percent of people are still native Russian speakers from eastern and southern Ukraine, the Russian form of the Paschal Greeting is still predominant. The same greeting is often found on pysanky or on tea towels.

Will “Christ is risen!” be your greeting today?

Russian speaking Ukrainians may proclaim Christ’s resurrection with different words than we English speakers use, but we have at least one word in common with believers worldwide.  One word that bleeds through all the linguistic barriers, used as a word of praise and worship but actually a second person plural imperative, a command calling everyone to praise Jahweh, “Alleluia”.  In Russian that would be Аллилуия, as in Psalm 117:

Псалтирь 117
Хвалите Господа, все народы,
прославляйте Его, все племена;
ибо велика милость Его к нам,
и истина Господня вовек.

Psalm 117
Praise the LORD, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.

Alleluia!   Praise Yahweh, y’all!

Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!




3 responses

9 04 2012

Great eggs. Happy Easter.

1 05 2012

by the way, I got to visit last fall with my fiancee, got to see a little bit of the pysanky making process (a couple 90 year old women doing most of the gorgeous work!) and the guy there claimed it’s the largest source pysanky craft resource in the world

if you’re in the cities….


*grace + peace 🙂

1 05 2012

Thanks, Jared. I don’t have plans to be in the cities soon, but if I visit there before heading to Kiev, I’ll have to look that place up. – Joel

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