St Methodius of Olympus

For Orthodox Christians, Pascha (Easter) is celebrated on the ‘old’ calendar, also known as the Julian Calendar often on a different day of the year than the observances of the Gregorian Calendar.  So, at this time of year, it is especially relevant to focus our attention on the Reserrection of Jesus Christ.

On the Reserrection, St Methodius,

“As, then, Jonah spent three days and as many nights in the whale’s belly, and was delivered up sound again, so shall we all, who have passed through the three stages of our present life on earth — I mean the beginning, the middle, and the end, of which all this present time consists — rise again. For there are altogether three intervals of time, the past, the future, and the present. And for this reason the Lord spent so many days in the earth symbolically, thereby teaching clearly that when the fore-mentioned intervals of time have been fulfilled, then shall come our resurrection, which is the beginning of the future age, and the end of this.”