“Yesterday I was buried with Thee, O Christ. Today I arise with Thee in Thy Resurrection.

Yesterday I was crucified with Thee.  Glorify me with Thee, O my Savior in Thy Kingdom.”

(Matins of Pascha, Canon, Ode III)

 

Here we are again, dear brothers and sisters, before the “Feast of feasts and Celebration of celebrations”, New Passover, or the glorious Resurrection of the Lord and God and our Savior Jesus Christ.And this celebration is not simply the remembrance of a past event, rather every year it brings something new.For as one of our great theologians said: Christ is the only new thing under this vault of heaven.And every hour, day and year, He renews fallen human nature, first through The Holy Sacrament of Baptism, and then through other Holy Sacraments and virtues, which are an icon of His sufferings and His Resurrection.For as the Apostle of the Gentiles teaches us, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death … For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection” (Rom 6:4-5).Or, more clearly, he says, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”(II Cor 5:17).

The Resurrection of Christ is the miracle of all miracles that happened once in history.  For Christ was risen without harming the seals of the grave.  Then on the very first day He passed through a closed door, informing His disciples (Jn 20: 19-29).  In remembrance of these events of the Resurrection we tap church eggs, which are a symbol of blood and life.Let us not forget, dear brothers and sisters, that no one was present at the time when He resurrected. The soldiers fell as if mowed down when the angel descended and rolled the stone from the tomb. And not only werethe soldiers frightened but also the Apostles.

And the first joy was to them that the Lord appeared to them. The second joy was that He gave them peace. And the third joy was that He granted them the Holy Spirit. And the fourth was that He gave them authority to bind and absolve the sins of people (Jn 20: 23).In a word, look at what the Resurrected Christ has brought us: Joy in a world of sadness and grief, peace in a world without peace, more precisely where there is fighting and battles and wars being waged, victory over sin, death, and the devil.

Therefore, you, dear brothers and sisters, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice! “(Php 4: 4). Rejoice that you are Orthodox Christians! Rejoice that you are followers of the Apostles, Saints, Martyrs, the Holy andRighteous kin of our St. Sava!Do not forget those who are sick, powerless, who suffer, die for the sake of the name of the Resurrected Christ. “Pray that God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Rev 7: 17).And especially for our long-suffering brothers and sisters in our Serbian Kosovo and Metohija. Let’s help them as much as we can. We thank everyone who contributed for them.Thank you for taking care of and attending your churches, monastery and the Diocese. May the Resurrected Lord repay you in His heavenly eternal gifts.

Always keep in mind the words of St. John Chrysostom, the Ambassador of the poor: “If you cannot find Christ in the beggar in front of the church doors, neither in the chalice will you find Him. There is nothing colder than a Christian who does not seek to save others. ”

From the depths of the soul, we greet you with the words of eternal joy:

 

CHRIST IS RISEN!

TRULY HE IS RISEN!

 

Your intercessor before the Resurrected Savior,

+Mitrophan