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Paschal message – Metropolitan Alexios

“We were put to death together with Him,

that we might be cleansed; we rose again with Him

because we were put to death with Him;

we were glorified with Him,

because we rose again with Him .”

– St. Gregory the Theologian

 

My dear Metropolis of Atlanta family,

With great joy in my heart, I join you in prayerful anticipation of our Lord’s Passion and glorious Resurrection and extend my paternal blessings and love, with best wishes for a joyous and blessed Holy Pascha.

The heart of our Faith is the truth revealed to us on Great and Holy Pascha : our salvation has been secured. Let us rejoice together and be glad beca use Ulis holy day of Resurrection is the day of victory, as our faith and hope are renewed. Christ has indeed destroyed death and the power of the devil, and granted us life everlasting.

On this Holy Day of Holy Days, we are awed by the great love and tender mercy of our God, Who gave Himself up to suff ering and death for our sake. Through His Passion and Resurrection, we are truly “born again” into a new life, the life of His Holy Resurrection. Let us come together with joy and thanksgiving to ce.lebrate this glorious Feast, the day the Lord has made to redeem us.

May the blessings of the Lord be with you always and may you walk in peace and love in the new light of His Resurrection! Wishlng you and your loved ones KaXo ITaoxa,I pray erfully remain,

With paternal blessings and with much love in our Risen Lord,

+ALEXIOS

Metropolitan of Atlanta

PASCHA2015

Pascha Message 2015

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Great and Holy Pascha

Holy PaschaChrist is Risen

Truly He is Risen!

We were buried with Him through Baptism into Death …

Even so we also should walk in newness of Life

Baptism is the Cross. What the Cross then, and Burial, is to Christ, Baptism has been to us, even if not in the same respects. For He died Himself and was buried in the flesh, but we have done both to sin… Here he hints, along with the duty of a careful walk, at the subject of the Resurrection… For if you have shared in Death and Burial, much more will you share in the Resurrection and Life… After the Resurrection to come had been set before us, he demands of us another, a new conversation, which is brought about in the present life by a change in habits.

St. John Chrysostom

All Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr. , Demetri Rapanos, John  Argiropoulos, Anna Merkel, Kathy Ziegler, Andreas Ioannou, Mark Zaden

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Mihali Haralambis, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley, Marion Koliniatis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Great and Holy Pascha

Holy PaschaApril 20, 2014 – Great and Holy Pascha

We were buried with Him through Baptism into Death …
Even so we also should walk in newness of Life

Baptism is the Cross. What the Cross then, and Burial, is to Christ, Baptism has been to us, even if not in the same respects. For He died Himself and was buried in the flesh, but we have done both to sin… Here he hints, along with the duty of a careful walk, at the subject of the Resurrection… For if you have shared in Death and Burial, much more will you share in the Resurrection and Life… After the Resurrection to come had been set before us, he demands of us another, a new conversation, which is brought about in the present life by a change in habits.

St. John Chrysostom

All Parish Council on duty:

Juanita Antley, John Argiropoulos, James Carras, Manny Daskos,  Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Mihali Haralambis, Andreas Ioannou, John Ioannou Jr.,  Marion Koliniatis, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Eleni Varvoutis, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Great and Holy Pascha

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Christ is Risen

Truly He is Risen!

We were buried with Him through Baptism into Death… Even so we also should walk in newness of Life, Baptism is the Cross. What the Cross then, and Burial, is to Christ, Baptism has been to us, even if not in the same respects. For He died Himself and was buried in the flesh, but we have done both to sin… Here he hints, along with the duty of a careful walk, at the subject of the Resurrection… For if you have shared in Death and Burial, much more will you share in the Resurrection and Life… After the Resurrection to come had been set before us, he demands of us another, a new conversation, which is brought about in the present life by a change in habits.

St. John Chrysostom

Parish Council on duty:

Peter Angelakos, John Argiropoulos, James Carras, Manny Daskos, Dr. George Georgakakis, Michael Haralambis, John Ioannou Jr., Anna Merkel, Medon Michaelides, Delcho Ogorelkoff, Demetrios Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Eleni Varvoutis, Kathy Ziegler

Liturgical – Great and Holy Pascha

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Apolytikion of Pascha

Χριστός Άνέστη…
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted live.

2013 Patriarchal Encyclical for Pascha

† BARTHOLOMEW
By God’s mercy
Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch

To the Plenitude of the Church
Grace, Peace and Mercy from Christ Risen in Glory

Beloved concelebrants and devout, god-loving children of the Church,

Christ is Risen!

 

The proclamation of the Resurrection by the myrrh-bearing women to the disciples of Christ was considered delirious. Yet, the word, formerly conceived as delirious, was confirmed as Truth. The risen Lord appeared to His disciples on several occasions.

In our time, the proclamation of the Resurrection is again considered delirious by rationalists. Nonetheless, we faithful not only believe in but also experience the Resurrection as a profoundly truthful fact. Indeed, if necessary, we seal our testimony with self-sacrifice because in the risen Christ we transcend death and are liberated from its fear. Our hearts are filled with joy when we repeat: The Lord has risen. Our saints, who have died according to the world, continue to live among us, responding to our petitions. The world that follows death is truer than the world that precedes death. Christ has risen and dwells among us. He has promised to be with us to the end of the world. And so He is – as our friend, brother, healer, who bestows all good things.

Blessed is our God, who has risen from the dead, granting eternal life to all people. O death, where is your sting? Christ has risen, revealing and ridiculing the one who formerly boasted without end to be a mockery. (See the Canon of St. John Damascene, 4th tone, 9th ode) Everything is filled with light and our hearts are replete with limitless joy.

And more than joy, they are filled with strength. For whoever believes in the Resurrection is unafraid of death; and whoever is unafraid of death is spiritually unyielding and unbending inasmuch as what may be the most terrible threat for the majority and for the disbelievers is of little significance to the Christian; for it is the entrance to life itself. The faithful Christian lives the Resurrection even prior to his or her natural death.

The consequence of experiencing the Resurrection is the transformation of the world. It inspires the soul. And an inspired soul also attracts other souls to its ways, when these souls are moved by the genuine joyous experience of immortality. Christ’s Resurrection and our own resurrection are not simply an abstract truth. They are a dogma of faith. They are a tangible reality. They are a force that overcomes the world despite the extremely harsh persecutions waged against it. “This is the victory, which has conquered the world, namely our faith” (1 John 5.4) in His Resurrection. Through the Resurrection, humanity is called to divinity through grace. Through the victory of the light of Resurrection over the impure passions, divine eros and a strange love, which surpasses human boundaries, are established in our souls.

Therefore, Christ is Risen! Our hearts are filled with the light and joy of the Resurrection. We approach the Risen Lord with authenticity and simplicity. For, as the royal Prophet David says, our God, who supervises our hearts from above, “will not despise a broken and contrite heart.” (Psalm 50.19)

The Resurrection is our strength, hope, joy, and delight. Through the Resurrection, we transcend pain and sorrow for all the evils of this natural, worldly life. The Resurrection is God’s response to the helplessness of wounded humanity before the suffering of worldly humanity.

We do not surrender to the difficulties and challenges of the modern world. The gathering of the Lord’s fearful disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem encourages us. We are not afraid because we love everyone, even as He loved us and gave His life for our sake. Mysteriously and invisibly, the Lord accompanies us. We only need to have – and we do have – love. For though love, we understand the power of the Mystery; we know the Mystery itself.

If others hesitate, “garnering their actions in thick sheaves” (Vespers of the Prodigal Son), yet we boast. And if we do not “winnow the chaff of our [sinful and passionate] actions with the wind of His loving-kindness or on the threshing floor of repentance,” the Risen Lord is Love and disperses all forms of darkness and fear that surrounds us, entering our hearts and our world, even when the doors are closed. He “remains with us” permanently through the cross of love. His calling is peace, and He grants us His peace. The powerful of this world pledge and promise peace, but can never produce or realize it. Whereas the power of divine Love, Peace and Wisdom remains beyond all human panic. It is not found on the margins of reality or the surface of human convictions. Instead, it is the heart of humanity, the center of life, the lord of life and death. It is Truth.

The incontestable transcendence of Power invisibly controls the reigns and directs all things, especially at a time when “the minds of so many lie in darkness.”

At this time of widespread dissolution throughout the world, the hope of all throughout the universe, the Wisdom of God, is the presence of the heavenly solution and harmony. At a time of collapse and anticipated death, we have the reality of Resurrection and the strength of our conviction in Christ.

The peace that derives from Him who trampled down death by death through his self-emptying, together with the joy of love, flow and heal our contemporary humanity that sighs and suffers as well as all of creation that groans and laments with us, who “await adoption and redemption” as well as “the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” (Romans 8.20-23)

Truly the Lord is Risen, beloved fathers, brothers and sisters !

 

Holy Pascha 2013

†Bartholomew of Constantinople
Your fervent supplicant before God

Epistle Reading

Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8

IN THE FIRST BOOK, O Theophilos, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of lsrael?” He said to them, “it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”

Gospel Reading

John 1:1-17
Great and Holy Pascha

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.

The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'”) And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

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