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The doors are opened and the faithful re-enter. The church is brightly lit and adorned with flowers. It is the heavenly bride and the symbol of the empty tomb. The celebrants change to white vestments, the bright robes of the resurrection. The Easter icon stands in the center of the church, where the grave just was. It shows Christ destroying the gates of hell and freeing Adam and Eve from the captivity of death. There constant proclamation of the celebrant: Christ is risen! The faithful continually respond: Indeed he is risen! and censing of the icons and the people.
Next is the service of Easter [[Matins]]. It is entirely sung, nothing is just read in the Church services of Easter, everything is joyfully sung. The [[canon]] hymns of Christ's resurrection. ascribed to St [[John of Damascus]], are chanted with the [[Pascha#Hymns|Easter Troparion]] as the constantly recurring refrain.  
Next, the Easter [[Hours]] are also sung. At the conclusion, the celebrant solemnly proclaims the famous Paschal [[Sermon]] of St. [[John Chrysostom]]. This sermon is an invitation to all of the faithful to forget their sins and to join fully in the feast of the resurrection of Christ.

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