April 8, 2018
The Feast of
To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend
Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek
Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,
the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the
Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Χριστός Ἀνέστη! Christ is Risen!
as we proclaim, “It is the Day of Resurrection,” we glorify God, and we shout
with resounding joy because it is the Day of life. Our Risen Lord is victorious over death. By His glorious Resurrection, Christ has
shown the unlimited power of God as the Source and Giver of life; and because
of His love for us, He has brought us from death unto life, and from earth unto
Heaven. Life is restored by our Creator
to all that it was meant to be! Life
abundant and eternal is ours!
Lord stands before us on this holiest of days saying, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he
die, yet shall he live; and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
(John 11:25-26) Life beyond the grave has been revealed. The fear of death has been dispelled in the
light and power of the Resurrection. In
this glorious light we ask with Saint Paul, O
death where is your victory? death where is your sting? (1 Corinthians
15:55) We proclaim our joy, because this perishable
nature can put on imperishability, and
this mortal nature can put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:53) Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom
of God has come, and we shall live forever.
In the blessings
of this Feast of feasts, from the promises of our own resurrection and eternal
life, we see that our earthly life is transformed. We are offered abundant, fulfilling, and
purposeful life. We are called by the Risen
Lord to embrace this life. Through our
faith in Him and the power of the Resurrection, we are a new creation. Our lives are transformed, as the old passes
away and all things are made new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Today, we are called to put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true
righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:24)
to this gift of life is worship and praise.
We have beheld the Resurrection.
We have witnessed the impossible.
We have seen the power of God, We have come to worship Him who trampled
death and gives us life. May this Feast
of Holy Pascha be filled with joy and light.
May your fellowship in Christ be blessed in your parishes and homes, and
may the true and abundant life you have found in the Resurrection be visible to all the world!
Christ is risen! He truly is risen!
With paternal love in the Risen Lord,