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In the Russian Orthodox Church, the standard greeting is: “Christ is risen!” To which someone would reply: “He is risen, indeed!”

Years ago, when the communists began to take control of Russia, a Communist party official came to a Russian village to seek to convert its residents there to Communism. He challenged the Russian Orthodox priest there to a debate. He figured he could easily crush this frail old priest in a debate.

The whole town gathered for this debate. He so eloquently argued the benefits of Communism that many of the people there were nodding in approval. With great satisfaction, he smugly sat down, gesturing the priest to speak. The priest stood up at the podium and said simply: “Christ is risen!” The people there then passionately exclaimed as with one voice: “He is risen indeed.” The Communist official then briskly packed up his briefcase and left the meeting hall knowing he would never be able to persuade these villagers to accept a godless communism over the belief in a risen savior. It is this cry that resonates to this day. Our Lord truly has risen and He continues to walk amongst us!





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