He is Risen! So the Eastern Churches practice the paschal greeting as an Easter thing and I've picked up that tradition as a Roman Catholic because I think it's awesome. One of my close friends who is a protestant just greeted me with it, which I thought was super cool, and it turns out she picked it up from an Anglican friend at a christian college she went to. Sure enough, a wikipedia search turns the Church of England up as practicing this tradition, but since most Catholics don't I was wondering where the Church of England picked it up from.

  • Good question. I have also heard it from Protestants. No idea where they got it from. Apr 6, 2015 at 19:41
  • The CofE adopted the Orthodox Easter greeting for its 1980 Alternative Services Book. Do you want references to the General Synod/Liturgical Commission discussions about its appearance? What are you actually asking here? (You already note that the Easter Greeting is an Orthodox thing.) Jul 20, 2015 at 10:06

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Best I can make of it is that it began with the 1979 revision of the (Episcopalian) Book of Common Prayer, when the liturgists decided since Eucharist was replacing Morning Prayer as the standard Sunday worship service, there needed to be a more formal introductory rite. In the 1928 Prayer Book (and in earlier books), the rubrics assume that Morning Prayer and its introductory rites would have preceded Eucharist in a similar fashion as older Catholic rubrics assume that Terce would have preceded Mass. In both the 1928 and earlier Anglican Eucharist services and the Tridentine Mass, the priests do not formally greet the people, while in the preceding offices (Morning Prayer/Terce) there is a formal greeting ("O Lord open Thou our lips"/"Deus in audiutorium"). In order to make the service make sense when standing alone, the liturgists compiled 3 different greetings for the 1979 Prayer Book, and I do not know why the specific greetings were included because they are not found in any tradition related to the Anglican liturgy or any other Western rite that I am aware of. Perhaps there is an explanation for it in Hatchett's exhaustive Commentary on the American Prayer Book, but I do not have a copy on hand right now.

The practice of using the Paschal greeting became more and more common over the years within the Anglican Communion and in other Protestant Churches as well, and even began to be used outside of the liturgy.

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