Christ Is Risen!

It is with great joy that I repost this video from Serbia. One of our readers and occasional commenters,  Dejan, (without a doubt my favorite Serb), provided the English translation.  The words are from a poem by St. Nikolai Velimirovich who served for a time as the Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary – truly one of the great Serbian saints of the modern era.


People rejoice, nations hear:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Stars dance, mountains sing:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Forests murmur, winds hum:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Seas bow*, animals roar:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Bees swarm, and the birds sing:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!

Angels stand, triple the song:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Sky humble yourself, and elevate the earth:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Bells chime, and tell to all:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Glory to You God, everything is possible to You,
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!

About Fr. Stephen Freeman

Fr. Stephen is a retired Archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe, and Face to Face: Knowing God Beyond Our Shame, as well as the Glory to God podcast series on Ancient Faith Radio.





9 responses to “Christ Is Risen!”

  1. Brian Avatar

    I look forward to this every year.

    Christ risen!

  2. Ralph Williams Avatar
    Ralph Williams

    I love it! I can understand some of the words, because of the similarity to Russian.

  3. Дејан Avatar

    Dear Father,

    Truly He is risen! Joy and Peace to all. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for writing this blog all these years and bringing us so much joy!

  4. Dante Aligheri Avatar
    Dante Aligheri

    The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thunders, even the Lord upon many waters.

    The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

    The voice of the Lord breaks cedars; Yea, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

    He makes them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild-ox.

    The voice of the Lord cleaves the flames of fire.

    The voice of the Lord makes the desert writhe [as in labor].

    The Lord makes the Holy Desert to writhe;

    The voice of the Lord makes the hinds to calve, and strips the forests bare: and in his Temple everything says “Glory!”

    The Lord sat as King upon the [celestial] flood; yea, the Lord sits as King forever.

    The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

    [Psalm of David; Ps. 29]

    This came to mind as I read “stars dance, mountains sing…seas bow, animals roar.”


  5. Aaron Avatar

    There is a lovely English version of this song on a CD called “A Treasury of Spiritual Songs” by St. Paisius Monastery. You can hear it here:

  6. Karen Avatar

    Indeed He is risen!

  7. Дејан Avatar

    More joy from Serbia 🙂

    Радујте се (Rejoice)

    Песма Недељи (A Song to Sunday)

    О Исусе, слатки Спаситељу (O Jesus, sweet Saviour)

    Христос Воскресе (Christ is Risen)

    Маријо славна (O Glorious Mary)

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