Christ is risen

The troparion of Pascha is sung many times throughout the services of the Paschal season; most likely it is for that reason that the prostopinije tradition provides a number of different settings.

This article covers the "official" settings of “Christ is risen” in our Divine Liturgies book. See also Alternate melodies for Christ is risen.

Tone 5 special melody

This setting of the troparion of Pascha is prescribed for use at the start of the Divine Liturgy of Pascha, and is the version most commonly sung.

Listen to a harmonization of this setting as part of Resurrection Matins

Here is the same melody, in Church Slavonic:

In both English and Slavonic, it is common to add "grace notes" or flourishes, according to local custom.

Setting A

This is the first of two alternate settings of "Christ is risen" included in the Divine Liturgies book.


Setting B

This version is often called the "march".

At the dismissal of services

At the dismissal of the Divine Liturgy, the troparion of Pascha is sung in place of "Glory... now and ever..."on the feast of Pascha and for the rest of the Paschal season:

At the dismissal of other services during the Paschal season (e.g. Vespers, Matins, and the moleben or panachida), “Christ is risen” is sung in place of "Glory... now and ever...", using the following melody:

On Sundays in the Paschal season, during Bright Week, and on certain other days, this hymn is sung once more after the dismissal of the Divine Liturgy, as a festive conclusion. The priest sings the Paschal troparion once, and the faithful sing it twice more, adding the ending: "And to us he granted life eternal..."