The Russian Orthodox celebrate the holy day of Easter in part by greeting each other with the formula Iisus Voskres (Jesus is Risen!) to which the believer would respond Voistinu Voskres (Truly, He is Risen!).
In negotiating their struggle with official atheism and the bureaucracy at the Kremlin, Russians circulated a joke about a Kremlin functionary stopped one Easter morn by a janitor (these were generally older women, the ones who most stereotypically stood by Russian Orthodoxy) who saluted him with a “Jesus is Risen. ” He barely looked up and continued his path across the Kremlin grounds, when a second saluted him with the same greeting. He continued without looking up, clearly late for a meeting in the halls of power. Finally, on the third such encounter, he exploded, “Yes, Yes. I’ve been informed.”
May we all be more with the janitors than with the powerful on this holy day. Happy Easter.