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Dear Broth­ers and Sisters,

About two thou­sand years ago, Chris­tian­i­ty con­quered the world with the joy of East­er, the res­ur­rec­tion. This joy was above all an answer to humanity’s per­pet­u­al ques­tion and grief about life‘s dual­i­ty, joy, and mor­tal­i­ty. It is only when we under­stand this that we can appre­ci­ate the great impor­tance the first Chris­tians attached to what might oth­er­wise appear to be an incon­se­quen­tial detail in the gospel account of the res­ur­rec­tion: Christ arose on the first day of the week, the day after the Sab­bath. The first day became “the day of res­ur­rec­tion.” Sun­day became the first day of that new time and of that new life which shone from the tomb. And over that life, as St. Paul wrote, “death no longer has domin­ion” (Rom. 6:9).

Chris­tian­i­ty intro­duced a con­cept of life in which life ceas­es to be the vic­tim of death. “O death, where is thy sting? O hell, where is thy vic­to­ry?” (1 Cor. 15:55). This new expe­ri­ence is the very heart of Chris­tian­i­ty and its fire. Death is over­thrown; no longer is death a hope­less divorce from life. A new day has arrived, the first day of a new cre­ation which over­comes the lim­its of time and brings eter­nal joy and eter­nal life. That expe­ri­ence is the Chris­t­ian basis for the cel­e­bra­tion of East­er. May this new expe­ri­ence of life through Christ’s res­ur­rec­tion become our expe­ri­ence in this Mil­len­ni­um and always!

For all of you who cel­e­brate our Lord’s Res­ur­rec­tion in the name of the Cru­ci­fied and Risen Christ, I pray from my heart for God’s bless­ings to be upon you and your fam­i­ly that you may con­tin­u­al­ly strive for spir­i­tu­al ful­fill­ment in your words, your actions and your thoughts. With such hopes, I greet you all humbly and sin­cere­ly with the vic­to­ri­ous East­er greeting:

Christ Is Risen!

With love in the Risen Lord,
Fr. Blasko Paraklis


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