This year Christians all over the world – Roman & Protestant West as well as Orthodox East – celebrated yesterday the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To all of you celebrating this great feast we wish you every blessing and joy.
Apse fresco from the funerary chapel of the Chora Monastery (now museum) in Istanbul, 14th century. This scene in church art is referred to as the Descent into Hades, or simply Resurrection (as inscribed above in Greek: Anastasis). You can read more about this mural on the Turkish government’s museum website.
“‘When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.’
“(Now this, ‘He ascended’ – what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)”