Msheeho koum men kabro
- Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Christ is Risen!
Throughout the year, Christians celebrate various feast days which
commemorate the earthly but divine activities of our Lord and God
and Saviour, Jesus Christ. There are other special feast days on
which we commemorate St. Mary and the Saints, those faithful
witnesses who in all generations are pleasing to God.
As wonderful as all of these celebrations are, there is none which
compares with that of Holy Kyomtha, the resurrection of our Lord. It
is the feast of feasts and festival of festivals, on which we bless
Christ forever. Easter is the most beautiful, most splendid and
illuminating of all the feasts of our Orthodox Faith. Saint Gregory
of Nazianzus says that, " as the sun outshines all the stars, so
this holy day is above all the others". And he continues to say, "In
Christ's holy resurrection, all who are in him arose, and life,
resurrection and the dawn of a new day were granted to those sitting
in the shadow of death". Orthodox Christians are in Christ through
holy Baptism and thus, in a special way we were buried with him,
arose with him and now live our lives in the knowledge of this new
dawn and new era bestowed upon the universe.
Our Christian faith is based on the very reality of Christ's
resurrection from among the dead, "as the first fruit of all who
have fallen asleep" (1 Cor. 15:20). And it is pointing to the
resurrection of all mankind. St. Athanasius explains, "The Saviour
came to accomplish not his own death, but the death of men, and he
was concerned about the resurrection of the body".
Although the truth of resurrection is universal, we must participate
in transfiguring the world around us by sharing this Good News and
being admirable witness to the risen Lord. Thus beloved, while
looking hopefully for change upon this earth, and awaiting the
restoration of man and nature, let us reflect these things in our
own lives. Let us rekindle in our hearts the joyous light, `the
light which illumines all mankind', Christ himself.
In our tradition we greet each other during these days by saying-
Msheeho koum men kabro [Christ is Risen from the tomb] and the
response is - shareeroyees koum. [Indeed he is Risen]. We wish you
all a happy and blessed feast of Kyomtho.
+ Theethose Yeldho, Archbishop