Paschal Epistle of Met. Laurus
- Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Laurus,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
Christ is risen!
"Come, all ye faithful, and let us worship the holy
Resurrection of Christ. For, lo! by the Cross hath joy
come to all the world" (Paschal Matins, "Having beheld
the Resurrection of Christ")
Joy and exultation have shone forth upon the whole
world. And the hymns of the Church during these days
accordingly call us to spiritual joy: "This is the day
that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad
therein." And the whole world, visible and invisible,
rejoices and exults in the rising of Christ.
"Let the heavens be glad as is meet, and let the earth
rejoice; and let the whole world, visible and
invisible, keep festival, for Christ, the eternal
gladness, is risen."
Since we celebrate the slaying of death, the
destruction of hades, the Holy Church rejoices and
joins chorus, and calls all to celebrate the joyous
triumph of the Resurrection of Christ. It invites both
the angels and men, the living and the dead, to join
together prayerfully now to hymn the all-radiant
Resurrection of Christ.
Who can fail to rejoice, seeing that, after the
terrible sufferings He underwent (which we remembered
with the Holy Church during Passion Week), Christ the
Savior has risen? This miraculous event provides us
with the basis for the resurrection which is to come,
and fills us also with paschal joy.
Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered, and by His sufferings
He teaches us that without suffering we will not be
able to pass through this earthly life, this vale of
tears and sorrows. But after this earthly life, after
all our sufferings, our own resurrection will
follow--we also will arise as our Savior arose.
Therefore, let us rejoice and join chorus, brethren
and sisters, for Christ has vanquished hades and
death; He has thrown wide for us the gates of
paradise, and unto all who have cleansed themselves of
sins and iniquities with a pure heart �unto them all
has He granted forgiveness.
This is why the Holy Church calls us to spiritual
triumph: "Jesus having risen from the tomb, as He
foretold, hath given us everlasting life and great
With all my heart I greet our archpastors, pastors,
and our whole God-loving flock, with these great and
salvific days of the radiant Resurrection of Christ.
Truly Christ is risen!
+ Metropolitan Laurus
The Pascha of Christ, 2003
Fr. John Whiteford
St. Jonah Orthodox Church
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