Christ is risen!

Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; let them that hate Him flee from before his face. As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish, as wax melteth before the fire. So let sinners perish before the face of God, and let the righteous be glad. This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein!

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life!

A blessed and Holy Pascha to all!

It was the first Holy Week and Pascha that my parish celebrated in our new church and it was splendid. The joy of the Resurrection permeated the whole affair. We finished at 3 o' clock in the morning and were all surprised that it had been that long because it really didn't seem it. For the first time we were able to process around the church and we had bells that we learnt to ring in something approximating the proper way. We had 64 in the night (the previous highest number being 37), and 16 for the afternoon vigil (up from about 5 in previous years). We had Britons, Russians, Armenians, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Romanians, Cypriots, Moldovans, and Latvians, so it was truly a uniting celebration. The Thursday and Friday services were also very special and I thoroughly look forward to it all again next year, especially Matins of the Twelve Passion Gospels, which we did for the first time this year.

Sadly, I hadn't made arrangements for photographs to be taken. I managed to take a small number on Friday but then left my camera at church. I shall retrieve it next weekend and post what I have.

Please do share how your celebrations went.

Now I shall finish preparations for the first wedding in our new church next Sunday, which should be very special, both for us and for the truly lovely couple, who did a great deal to help at Pascha.

After that, the big special event will be the visit of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God to our parish at the end of June. God has really blessed our parish and I'm so pleased to be able to be part of it all.

The Angel cried unto the Lady, full of grace: 'O pure Virgin, rejoice! And again I say, rejoice! for thy Son is risen from the grave on the third day. And He hath raised all the dead.' O ye people, be joyful! Shine, shine, O New Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord hath arisen upon thee. Dance, now, dance and be glad, O Sion. Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of thy Son.

- The zadostoinik of Pascha

1 responses:

Ian Climacus said...

Christ is Risen!

What a joy to read of your Holy Week and Paschal celebrations; wonderful to read.

We had less people in times past, but still a noticeable bump up in terms of regular numbers which was a blessing to see. Holy Friday Lamentations was better attended than the Paschal Midnight Office, Matins and the Paschal Liturgy also.

My continued prayers for your parish; and what a blessing to have the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God at your parish. Thanks be to God.

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