Monthly Pastoral Message from Fr. Christ

PASTORAL MESSAGE

 

 

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Fr. Christ's Pastoral Message

APRIL PASTORAL MESSAGE

Friends, There is no expression of faith lovelier or more powerful than the God - inspired words of St. John Chrysostom as he addresses his faithful flock on the feast of Pascha/Easter. This month, we will gather once again on Holy Saturday evening in great anticipation of the midnight hour, awaiting the Light of Christ from the Holy Altar, with the clarion announcement of His Resurrection. Following the Paschal Divine Liturgy, we will hear the words of St . John Chrysostom which will revive and encourage our faith in Christ as we acknowledge Him as Lord and King of all as well as the One who abolished death, giving each of us the opportunity of eternal life.

 

Christ’s Resurrection is an event that took place almost 2000 years ago, yet, as the hymns proclaim, it is a reality that takes place for us TODAY. The meaning, reason and opportunity to change our ways and to find new and real purpose in life rests on the Christ event. It has made the mundane of everyday life purposeful; it has made the irrelevant, relevant; it has raised the veil of doubt and has covered the landscape of our life with truth and love; the truth and love of Jesus Christ.

 

Christ’s Resurrection has transformed our everyday experience into Paradise for those who are open to the words of Holy Scripture which read “we are to be in the world and not of the world”. Christ’s Resurrection has put into perspective the dollar with the words “for what does it profit one to gain the whole world yet lose their soul”. Christ’s Resurrection has brought us peace my friends, peace to the often complicated and sometimes confusing and troubling times we live in. Troubling, not only in Europe and the Middle East, but very much in our neighborhoods, back yards and even under our roofs. His peace is found in the Gospel as we read “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

 

Friends, our Lord’s Pascha is the renewal of all things. Christ gave Himself that we may not only be saved in the afterlife, but that we may find fulfillment and renewal in the here and now. However, we must choose to be a part of that renewal. That choice, that decision, begins this moment. Join us for worship this Sunday; join us for the holy and sacred services of Holy Week; join us at the midnight hour on Pascha when we proclaim CHRIST IS RISEN!  ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ!  In anticipation of His glorious Resurrection, I remain with brotherly love and pastoral blessings,

Fr. Christ