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Saturday, April 14, 2018

     “While he (the lame man, just healed by the prayer of Peter and John) clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s, astounded. And when Peter saw it he addressed the people, ‘Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name, by faith in his name, has made this man str...

Friday, April 13, 2018

     “It is the day of resurrection! Let us be radiant, O people! Pascha! The Lord's Pascha! For Christ our God has brought us from death to life, and from earth unto heaven, as we sing the song of victory!” (Paschal Canon, Irmos-hymn of Ode 1) 

     Transitions can be hard. And yet I am invited, on “the day of the resurrection,” to join the Lord’s Great Transition, – the Lord’s “Pascha” or “Passover” from death to life, and from earth to heaven. This “day” is every day in the life of anyone who believes in the risen Lord; “This is the day which the Lord has made” (Ps 117/118: 24), also this Friday of Bright Week, on which I am, once again, invited to join “the Lord’s Pascha” and to transition from any death I may have slipped into, into Life in Christ.

     So let me re-...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

     “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.” (Paschal Troparion-hymn)

     Christ is risen! – as most of you have probably heard by now. I for one have heard the news many times this week, and I’ve also been hearing and singing the above-quoted hymn many times, these past few days of Bright Week. 

     But I’d like to “hear” the news of our Lord’s rising from “the dead” once again this morning, that I may once again choose to “rise” in Him, and to receive wholeheartedly the “life” He is “bestowing,” yet not forcing, upon me. As I rise from bed this morning, I recognize that I have a choice, – either to be with “those in the tombs” and dead-ends of self-reliance and self-isolation outside of God’s gra...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life (ὁ ἄρτος τῆς ζωῆς); he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out…” (Jn 6: 35-37)

Today, on Bright Saturday, the special Easter “Bread” or “Artos,” which we see on a small table before the iconostasis in our churches all of Bright Week, is broken and distributed to the faithful. The “Artos” was first blessed on the night of Pascha, and carried around the church in processions throughout this week. It signifies, or points to, the presence of the Lord among us, His disciples, after His resurrection.

So that is why I’m thinking about this passage, in which Christ...

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