Paschal Greetings

The clergy shout Paschal greetings in many languages as they cense the nave during Paschal Matins

At the Paschal Matins service, while the choir sings the Canon, the priest and deacon take turns censing the entire nave and all the people, shouting “Christ is risen!” And the people respond, “Indeed, He is risen!”

It’s traditional for the clergy to shout the Paschal greeting in any language that someone in the congregation might speak. Here are some of the languages you might hear, and the responses. (Okay, you probably won’t hear Vulcan or Klingon or Quenya, unless you have an extremely geeky priest. And maybe not even then. But they’re fun to know anyway.)

 

Language Greeting Response
 Aleut  Khris-tusax agla-gikux!  Agangu-lakan agla-gikux!
 Albanian  Krishti U Ngjall!  Vertet U Ngjall!
 Amharic  Kristos tenestwal!  Bergit tenestwal!
 Arabic  El Messieh kahm!  Hakken kahm!
 Armenian  Kristos haryav ee merelotz!  Orhnial eh harootyunuh kristosee!
 Athabascan  Xristosi banuytashtch’ey!  Gheli banuytashtch’ey!
 Belarusian  Khrystos uvaskros!  Saprawdy uvaskros!
 Bulgarian  Hristos voskrese!  Voistina voskrese!
 Chinese  Helisituosi fuhuole!  Queshi fuhuole!
 Coptic  Pkhristos aftooun!  Alethos aftooun!
 Czech  Kristus vstal a mrtvych!  Opravdi vstoupil!
 Danish  Kristus er opstanden!  Ja, sandelig opstanden!
 Dutch  Christus is opgestaan!  Ja, hij is waarlijk opgestaan!
 Estonian  Kristus on oolestoosunt!  Toayestee on oolestoosunt!
 Ethiopian  Christos t’ensah em’ muhtan!  Exai’ ab-her eokala!
 Finnish  Kristus nousi kuolleista!  Totisesti nousi!
 French  Le Christ est réssuscité!  En verite il est réssuscité!
 Gaelic  Taw creest ereen!  Taw shay ereen guhdyne!
 Georgian  Kriste ahzdkhah!  Chezdmaridet!
 German  Christus ist erstanden!  Wahrhaftig ist er auferstanden!
 Greek  Christos anesti!  Alithos anesti!
 Hawaiian  Ua ala hou ‘o Kristo!  Ua ala ‘I ‘o no ‘oia!
 Hebrew  Ha Masheeha houh quam!  Be emet quam!
 Hungarian  Krisztus feltamadt!  Valoban feltamadt!
 Ibo  Jesu Kristi ebiliwo!  Ezia o’ biliwo!
 Indonesian  Kristus telah bangkit!  Benar dia telah bangkit!
 Italian  Cristo e’ risorto!  Veramente e’ risorto!
 Japanese  Harisutos Fukkatsu!  Jitsu ni Fukkatsu!
 Javanese  Kristus sampun wungu!  Tuhu sampun wungu!
 Klingon  Krist peplu’ta’  taHbej peplu’ta’
 Korean  Kristo gesso!  Buhar ha sho nay!
 Latin  Christus resurrexit!  Vere resurrexit!
 Latvian  Kristus ir augsham sales!  Teyasham ir augsham sales vinsch!
 Lugandan  Kristo ajukkide!  Amajim ajukkide!
 Navajo  Christ daaztsáádéé’ náádiidzáá!  T’ááníí, daaztsáádéé’ náádidzáá!
 Norwegian  Christus er oppstanden!  Sandelig han er oppstanden!
 Persian  Issah Ghi-yam kard!  Dar vagheh ou barkhasteh ast!
 Polish  Khristus zmartwyckwstal!  Zaprawde zmartwyckwstal!
 Portuguese  Cristo ressuscitou!  Em verdade ressuscitou!
 Quenya  Ortanne Laivino!  Anwa ortanne Laivino!
 Romanian  Hristos a inviat!  Adeverat a inviat!
 Russian  Khristos voskrese!  Voistinu voskrese!
 Sanskrit  Krista uttitaha!  Satvam uttitaha!
 Serbian  Cristos vaskres!  Vaistinu vaskres!
 Slovak  Kristus vstal zmr’tvych!  Skutoc ne vstal!
 Spanish  Cristo ha resucitado!  En verdad ha resucitado!
 Swahili  Kristo amefufukka!  Kweli amefufukka!
 Swedish  Christus ar upstanden!  Han ar verkligen upstanden!
 Tamil  Kirsthu ujirthu elunthar!  Unmaiyagave ujirthu elunthar!
 Tlingit  Xristos Kuxwoo-digoot!  Xegaa-kux Kuxwoo-digoot!
 Turkish  Hristos diril – di!  Hakikaten diril – di!
 Ukrainian  Khristos voskres!  Voistinu voskres!
 Vulcan  O Christos nasha!  Ew’nasCUha!
 Welsh  Atgyfododd Crist!  Atgyfododd yn wir!
 Yup’ik  Kristuussaaq Unguirtuq!  Ilumun Unguirtuq!
 Zulu  Ukristu uvukile!  Uvukile kuphela!

 

You can see the Paschal greeting and response, along with the Paschal troparion, in Russian Sign Language.

If you want to practice Paschal greetings and responses, like Catherine and Elizabeth did in Catherine’s Pascha, check out Pascha Polyglotta, where you can hear it spoken in about 250 languages.

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