Dear Brothers and Sisters....
Christ is Risen!
Beannachtaí na Cásca ort!
And though all feasts fully deserve their celebration and honour in
these three ways, still more does this festival; for in it is the
assembling together of the folk of heaven and earth; it is the
festival alike of the Old and the New Testament; it is the peculiar
feast of the heavenly Father; the feast of the Lord's resurrection;
the feast which surpasses all others; the honoured and venerable
festival of the people of heaven and earth, is this festival of
Easter. For many are its wonders and marvels: in it the angel passed
over the houses of the children of Israel, when he slew all the
first-born of Egypt; in it the people of Israel went forth from Egypt,
to go up to the land of promise; in it Christ arose from the dead,
after binding the devil in hell; in it the souls of the holy and
righteous of the five ages of the world came out of hell into
paradise; in it will be the famous day, the Day of Judgment.
Homily XIX, 'On the Resurrection' - The Passions and the Homilies from
Leabhar Breac (The Speckled Book. Ireland, circa 8th century)