|Sunday, April 20, 2014, 6:47AM
GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA: The Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ (April 20)
Today is the Day of Resurrection! Let us shine with the Feast! Let us embrace one another. Let us say, Brethren! And because of the Resurrection, let us forgive all things to those who hate us, and in this wise, exclaim: Christ is risen from the dead; trampling death by Death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. (Doxasticon in Tone 5)
Venerable Theodore 'the hair-shirt wearer'; Venerable Athanasios, and Joasaph of Meteora; Apostle Zaccheos, bishop of Caesarea
"We are all surrounded by corruption in the Church, in our neighborhoods, our families, and in society. How do we defeat corruption all around us? - By perfecting ourselves. Christ was surrounded by the ultimate corruption of Hell when He descended into the depths. But His perfection destroyed sin, death, and the Devil. He released those held by corruption and ‘led captivity captive." -- His Eminence, Archbishop JOSEPH
Beloved in Christ:
We thank God for our safe return from the numerous events surrounding the burial of our beloved Metropolitan Philip. Although our hearts are saddened by this great loss, we are comforted through God’s mercy and the outpouring of love, expressions of sympathy and the great number of people who have been in contact with us. The Chancery has been overwhelmed with the number of calls, letters and emails and with the Holy Week upon us, we ask for your understanding in not being able to properly responding to each of you at this time.
After 40 days of Great Lent, having examined, confessed and cleansed ourselves, we joyfully celebrated the feast of Lazarus Saturday which marked the beginning of the last days of our pilgrimage to Pascha. Just as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ humbly entered Jerusalem on a colt, we should now humbly enter the Holy Week. The days ahead will be filled with deep prayer and contemplation, through the many readings and church services, recounting our Lord’s suffering and ultimately His victory over death.
I beseech you, dear ones, to join me in focusing on what lies ahead of us in the coming days - quietly, reverently, and respectfully – in joyful anticipation. All hearts and minds should be turned towards Him. Let us “lay aside our earthly cares” and turn our entire selves towards Christ to whom belongs all glory, honor and worship that we might experience the power of the Resurrection.
In His Service,
+ ARCHBISHOP JOSEPH
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