Prayers during Bright Week

During Bright Week we set aside our usually morning and evening prayers and use the prayers below (the Paschal Hours) in place of these. Many people take the opportunity to memorize these wonderful prayers during this time of year. Although these prayers are significantly shorter than our usual prayer rule, let us be diligent to pray each morning and each evening, thanking God for His great mercy in His rising from the dead! 

These prayers substitute the usual morning end evening prayers during the Bright week. 

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and upon those in the tomb bestowing life. (thrice)

Hymn to the Resurrection 

Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the Holy Lord Jesus, the only Sinless One. We worship Thy Cross, O Christ, and Thy Resurrection we hymn and glorify, for Thou art our God, and we know none other beside Thee, we call upon Thy name. O come, all ye faithful, let us worship Christ’s Holy resurrection: For behold, through the Cross joy hath come to all the world. Ever blessing the Lord, let us hymn His Resurrection; for having endured Crucifixion, He hath destroyed Death by death. (thrice).


Forestalling the dawn, the women with Mary came and found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, and heard from the Angel: Why seek among the dead, as if He were a man, Him Who lives in everlasting light? Behold the grave-clothes. Run and tell the world that the Lord is risen, and has slain death. For He is the Son of God Who saves mankind.


Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of hell, and didst rise again as Conqueror, O Christ our God, saying to the myrrbearing women, Rejoice! And giving peace to Thine Apostles, and offering to the fallen resurrection.


In the grave bodily, in hell with the soul as God, in Paradise with the thief, and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit wast Thou Who fillest all things, O Christ the Infinite.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

How life-giving, how much more beautiful than Paradise, and truly more resplendent than any royal palace, proved Thy Tomb, O Christ, the Source of our resurrection.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Rejoice! Sacred and divine abode of the Most High. For through thee, O Mother of God, joy is given to those who cry: Blessed art thou among women, O spotless Lady.

Lord, have mercy (12 times).

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and upon those in the tomb bestowing life. (thrice).