CHRISTUS RESURREXIT ! ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ !

Dear friends!

We wholeheartedly congratulate you with the joy of the Christian Pascha!

Harrowing of Hell (1618-22) by Mesrop of Khizan, a prominent Armenian manuscript illuminator in Persia.

Harrowing of Hell (1618-22) by Mesrop of Khizan,
a prominent Armenian manuscript illuminator in Persia.

On the Easter day, we are especially joyous to read the astonishing words of King David and St. Ambrose of Milan:  

The Resurrection of our Lord is life for the dead, remission of sins for the sinners, and glory for the saints. This is why St. David prompts every creature and all creation to the most joyful triumph of this day, saying: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Ps. 118:24). This day penetrates everything and illuminates everything, it embraces heaven and the nether regions: because the Light of Christ cannot be blocked by walls, divided by elements, obscured by darkness. The Light of Christ is the day without evening, the infinite day: it shines everywhere, it illuminates every place, and nothing can hide from it.

(Sermon on the Holy Easter)

Once during the early years of the Soviet power a priest asked to take the floor at an antireligious demonstration in Kyiv. The agitator refused. The priest begged him: “Just two words!” – “Ok, but not more,” – the agitator agreed. The priest mounted the rostrum and cried at the top of his voice: “Christ is risen!” And all the people replied in one voice: “He is risen indeed!”

No hostile dark powers are able to hide from us the all-triumphant light of Christ's Resurrection and make us refuse the hope granted to us by the Resurrected Lord! 

 

With love in Christ

Archimandrite Philaret (Iegorov),

Constantin Sigov,

Vadym Zalevsky

and the team of the “Spirit and Letter” Research and Publishing Association 
and St Clement’s Centre: Communion and Dialogue of Cultures

 

 

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