The chant kriste aghdga (Christ is Risen) is the most important of the many Easter chants of the Georgian Orthodox Church. It is sung at the All-night vigil mass on the eve of Easter, and then in every service thereafter for 40 days. It is a short text, a joyful text, and thus is sung many times. In village churches throughout Georgia, new variants of this chant were created. Thus, we have inherited more musical variants of this liturgical text than any other.