O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, 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 not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.
20 years ago, at the Lenten liturgy of St. John of the Ladder (Climacus), I entered the Orthodox Church as a catechumen. My journey to that point is probably best summed up in my letters to my church and to my beloved – this sermon is mostly a reflection on some of the key things I have learned from (or had confirmed by) my experience since then.