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Beloved brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, God-fearing Monastics, and all my Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ our True God: “Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen! I greet you with great joy as we have come to this glorious day of the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. On this day we proclaim, in the words of St. Symeon the New Theologian, “the truth, that the resurrection of Christ takes place in each of us who believes, and that not once, but every hour,” bringing to life what was once dead in us and reviving our souls…

Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate BY GOD’S MERCY ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE-NEW ROME AND ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH TO THE PLENITUDE OF THE CHURCH: MAY THE GRACE, PEACE AND MERCY OF CHRIST RISEN IN GLORY BE WITH YOU ALL * * * Having run the race of ascetic struggles during Holy and Great Lent and experienced with compunction the venerable Passion of the Lord, we are now filled with the eternal light of His splendid Resurrection, wherefore we praise and glorify His transcendent name, exclaiming the joyfully message to the whole world: “Christ is Risen!” The Resurrection is the nucleus of the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America To the Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America, Dear Beloved Children in the Lord, CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN! I greet you in the joy of the Resurrection on this “chosen and holy day, first of sabbaths, king and lord of days, the feast of feasts, holy day of holy days” (Paschal Canon, Ode 8). Great and Holy Pascha truly is the “king and lord of days.” On this day our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ shines with the victory of life over death, life which is given…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America The Faculty of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology will offer spiritual guidance and instruction in various forms throughout the entire Paschal period, from the beginning of Lent until the feast of Pentecost.  The first set of offerings will be a Lenten series entitled “My Soul, My Soul, Rise Up:” Lenten Reflections from Holy Cross.  These brief video presentations will begin on Clean Monday and will continue every Monday until Holy Week.  The first session, entitled “Grant Me to See:” Reflections on the Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem, will be delivered on March 7th by Fr. George Parsenios, Dean of Holy Cross.  All lectures will be made available through Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Assembly of Bishops’ 2021 Paschal Message The Resurrection of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ signifies the triumph of life over death, of salvation over condemnation. It provides the hope that transcends all despair, the comfort that overcomes all turbulence, and brings light to the people sitting in darkness. (Mt. 4.16) The Lord’s Resurrection raises us out of our darkest, most difficult circumstances. It promises eternal life in His most sacred body and blood. It illumines and purifies human nature, reinstating it from its fallen condition to its restored relationship…

Source: The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Resurrection Pastoral Letter 2021 + N A T H A N I E L By the Mercy of God, Archbishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate of America To our beloved clergy, monastics and pious faithful of Our God-protected Episcopate, Grace, mercy and peace from God and from us our fatherly love and hierarchal blessing. “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where…

Source: Public Orthodoxy by John Fotopoulos This essay was originally published in 2017. It has been updated for 2021. [Common Misperceptions] A common misperception among Orthodox Christians is that Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea in AD 325. Another element of this misperception is the belief that the Orthodox Church must wait for Passover to be celebrated by the Jewish community before Pascha may occur. Despite these views being held by so…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Christ is risen! As Bishop Maxim, shepherd of the Western Serbian Diocese, says in his Paschal Message (please find 12 minutes to listen to it), Spring and liturgical Easter are unapproachable this year because of the coronavirus.  But, can we “say that the world doesn’t experience spring? … No!  Can we say Christians do not experience Pascha?  Not at all.  Our faith is that the Holy Spirit constitutes the Church also in the time of coronavirus.” Those of us who could and had the equipment, knowledge and ability, experienced the Pascha Services via live streaming or…

Source: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Bulletin, Kankakee, IN Christ is Risen! Alithos Anesti! What a wonderful – against all apparent odds – Holy Week and Easter we had, connected in new and unusual ways – by icons in the pews, by Facebook live and Zoom, by our souls and by Christ’s love and sacrifice. I hope you were able to feel the transcendence of it all. Spiritual music helps, and our Church is loaded with it, and blessed with multiple traditions of sublime combinations of sacred text with melody, harmony, tone, and mood, to create moments that transcend everyday life…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA During a painful time of forced separation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Orthodox Christians united as the one Body of Christ worshiping from home. This short compilation highlights creative ways the faithful celebrated Holy Week and Pascha (Easter) in 2020. Thank you to those who shared their experiences!

Source: Orthodox Church in America by Fr. Jerome Cwiklinski Retired Navy Chaplain Archpriest Jerome Cwiklinski, CPT CHC USN, is one of the longest-serving military chaplains in the Orthodox Church in America. In retirement Father Jerome, together with his wife Matushka Wendy, continue to serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of the Orthodox Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA. through the on-base Chapel of Saint John the Forerunner. As for many who serve their country in the Armed Forces, this is not Father Jerome’s first Pascha away from home, not the first time he has served Pascha in peculiar circumstances. Father Jerome offers…

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