Dear brothers and sisters,

Once more we are blessed to celebrate a glorious day: the Resurrection of our Lord – Holy Pascha. Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a celebration of our own resurrection from a death of sin to life eternal.

We become participants of a great mystery of  the death and resurrection of Our Lord. St. Ap. Paul in his epistle to the Romans said: “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For He that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.” (Chapter 6).

Today all creation is resurrected in Christ. Christ is Risen and life reins. If we believe in Christ we believe in His Resurrection, we who just underwent the 40-day journey of great and salvific Lent; who fasted, repented and communed of Christ’s most Holy Body and Blood. Now let all creation cry aloud.

“Christ is risen from the dead,

trampling down death by death,

and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.”

                                      Archpriest Nazari Polataiko