Upper Darby, PA & Cherry Hill NJ – Yesterday, Cosmos Philly visited the first Resurrection services at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Upper Darby and St.Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill for second Resurrection services.

At St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox church, Father Nectarios, and his congregation celebrated the first resurrection because of one of the “Hymns we chant, (Anasta O’ Theos), Arise O’ God”, said Nectarios. He went on to say, that the banging of pots and pans, symbolizes the noise that was made as Christ descended into Hell bursting the gates of hell, granting life to those her were in the tomb and granting eternal life to all of us”.

At St. Thomas Greek Orthodox church, the community gathered inside and overflowed into the exterior where they waited for Father Emanuel Pratsinakis. At midnight he appeared with altar boys at the entrance of St. Thomas and announced, “Defte Laveta Fos” (Come receive the light) and followed by announcing “Christos Anesti”, Christ has risen!

Services continued into the morning hours with morning mass.