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The Paschal Greeting, also known as the Easter Acclamation, is an Easter custom among Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Catholic, Latin Catholic, and Anglican Christians. It is also found among some Christians from liturgical Protestant denominations, such as certain Lutherans. One is to greet another person with "Christ is risen!", and the response is "He is risen indeed!", with many variants in English and other languages (compare Matthew 27:64, Matthew 28:6–7, Mark 16:6, Luke 24:6, Luke 24:34).
The greeting and reply are:
Christ is Risen! – Truly He is Risen!
- In the original language, Greek: Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! – Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! (Khristós anésti! – Alithós anésti!)
- In the most widely used language, Church Slavonic: Хрїсто́съ воскре́се! – Вои́стинꙋ воскре́се! (Xristósŭ voskrése! – Voístinu voskrése!)
In the Latin Rites the traditional greeting on Easter morning is "Christ is risen" to which the response is "He is risen indeed. Alleluia!" This ancient phrase echoes the greeting of the angel to Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph as they arrived at the sepulchre to anoint the body of Jesus: "He is not here; for he has risen, as he said" (Matt 28:6).
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