How has our Lord Christ bestowed Life on those in the tombs?
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Become a Community Supporter and make them disappear forever...In the Paschal Hymn, 'XRICTOC ANESTH' "Christ is Risen" we say that
1) "He bestowed life upon those in the tombs." We also say elsewhere that
2) "He rose from the dead raising us up with Him."
In the Divine Liturgies we also pray concerning the departed,
3) "repose them in the Paradise of Joy, in the Region of the Living where sorrow ... has passed away... in that place... in the heavenly Jerusalem"
What exactly do these terms mean since most of the dead bodies of Christians are
1) Still in the Tombs and
2) We have not yet physically risen to heaven
3) The New Jerusalem is to be inherited by us, God willing, after the general, bodily, resurrection
Do we, and do the Fathers, interpret these sayings to apply to the human consciousness, the spirit/soul when transferred from Hades to Paradise upon Christ descent thereto?
Do human spirits live in the heavenly Jerusalem before the bodily resurrection and enjoy it?
Some would argued, I hope quite erroneously, that these are hymns expressing hope for the resurrection a the end of time, and that they are prayers to be answered thousands of years from now after the Resurrection of the body in accordance with Christ's words, "... and I will raise him up at the LAST DAY".
But if this were so, would the hymns not better state that "by His Resurrection He will be bestowing life upon those in the tombs" and "He rose from the dead and will raise us up with Him"
Would it not be better also to be clear and say, "The souls thou hast taken, repose them.... in the heavenly Jerusalem on the last day...."?
But I don't think any of the Fathers nor the Church in general, nor do I, interpret these sayings in a future tense. I believe and live by them having a present, immediate tense, but I am not exactly sure how.
Keeping in mind His Reverence Father Peter Farrington's Podcasts on the soul after death, can anyone clarify the exact meaning of these sayings?
God bless you.