On the Resurrection of the soul-By: St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen!

Christ was Risen, and so we too must be resurrected with Christ, in order to ascend with Him. Our Resurrection is two-fold: in body and in spirit. Our bodily Resurrection will take place on the Last Day. We speak of this when we recite the Creed, the Symbol of Faith: “I look for the Resurrection of the dead.” To be resurrected spiritually is to depart from our sins, to turn away from the vanities of this world, and to abide in true repentance and faith; to take up the struggle against any sin, to do the will of our Heavenly Father, to live His truth, and to follow Christ, the Son of God, with humility, love, meekness, and patience. This the new creation of which the Holy Apostle speaks when he says, “…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature….” (II Corinthians 5, 17); a new person, renewed through repentance and faith, a true Christian, a living member of Christ and an heir to the Kingdom of God.

Holy Hierarch St. Tikhon of Zadonsk



1 Response to “On the Resurrection of the soul-By: St. Tikhon of Zadonsk”

  1. 1 Mimi April 20, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Indeed He is Risen!

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