A Blessed Resurrection & Pascha to All!

My Dear Spiritual Ohana,

A Most Blessed and Holy Pascha to all of you!  We now enter into the greatest, most meaningful and glorious time of the year which puts our whole life into its proper perspective!  It is a time that is all about the Glory of God and what He has done and accomplishes for us, in His love for humankind!  For each and every one of us, personally, “Pascha” is our “Passover from death to life” since He, in his love for humankind has conquered death by His death!

I offer you a glimpse, through the beautiful words of St. Melito of Sarda, into what it is we are celebrating!  He offers the following words about Holy Pascha:  “What is the Pascha?  It obtains its name from its characteristic:  from suffer (pathein) comes suffering (paschein).  Learn therefore who is the Suffering One, and why the Lord is present on the earth to clothe Himself with the Suffering One, and who shares the suffering of the Suffering One, and why the Lord is present on the earth to clothe Himself with the Suffering One and carry Him off to the heights of heaven.  It is He who delivered us from slavery to liberty, from darkness to light, from death to life, from tyranny to eternal royalty; and made us a new priesthood and an eternal people personal to Him.  He is the Pascha of our salvation.”

The Suffering One who St. Melito is referring to is all of humanity, including you and me!  You see the love and care that God expresses towards us?  He has clothed Himself in our human flesh to redeem and save all of humanity.  It is in our personal hands to accept this awesome reality that He offers us or to reject it.

We have gone through Great Lent through intense fasting and increased devotion in the services for what purpose?  It is so that we can come to our senses, to open up our spiritual eyes to live life the way we should always be living life, knowing the Greatness of Christ in His Immeasurable Love for us and His immense impact in our personal lives.  Therefore, whatever we do in our lives, ought to be to give glory to Christ for His great Glory and all He has done for us.

As we come to celebrate Pascha, after having gone through lengthy Season of Great Lent (although personally I feel it goes by too quickly), I wish you all utmost joy in the Resurrection as we receive the Light, raise our candles joining in the following hymns:

Come, receive the light from the unwaning light, and glorify Christ, Who is risen from the dead.”

“The Angels in Heaven praise Your Resurrection, O Christ, Savior.  Make us also here on earth worthy, to glorify You with pure hearts.”

“Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.”

Glory to His third-day Resurrection!  We worship His third-day Resurrection!

 

With Love in Christ,

+Fr. Alexander 

 

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