Orthodox Christians are in Bright Week, the seven days beginning with the Feasts of Feasts, Holy Pascha (Easter), celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a week-long afterglow, the first of 40 days during which we greet one another not with “Hi!” but with “Christ is risen!”
This evening I attended Paschal Vespers, where we sang the joyous hymns about Christ, who during his earthly life had announced, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Here is one stanza of a hymn:
We offer Thee our evening worship,
O never setting Light,
Who didst come in these last days to the world in the flesh;
Who even didst descend to hell to dispel its darkness.
Who hast revealed the light of Resurrection to the nations.
Glory to Thee, O Lord and Giver of light!
Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!