Christians cannot un-remember the good news of Easter while they make their way through Lent. Again, this is why Sundays are not counted in the enumeration of the forty days; Sundays are always celebrations of the resurrection. For the third Sunday of Lent this year, I cite below the closing words of John Chrysostom’s (AD 349-407) Easter or Paschal homily. Various versions and translations of the homily may be found on the internet. The one below is a composite.
Death, where is your sting?
Hades, where is your victory?
Christ is risen! And you are overthrown!
Christ is risen! And the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen! And the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen! And life reigns!
Christ is risen! And the tomb is emptied of its dead!
being raised from the dead,
has become the first-fruits of them that have slept.
To Him be glory and dominon, unto the ages of ages.
March 8, 2015