SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

The Journey to Great and Holy Pascha at St. John's....

May 1, 2019
The Journey to Great and Holy Pascha at St. John's....

The Great Journey to Pascha began with the Sunday of Zacchaeus and his desire to see Christ; and continued with The Publican and the Pharisee with a test of Humility; the Prodigal Son, a lesson in reconciliation; the Last Judgment and the Sunday of Forgiveness. We travelled through the Sunday of Orthodoxy and the raising up of the Icons. We heard about St. Gregory Palamas and his method of prayer for the Hesychast monks that allowed them to participate in God’s love. We bowed down before the Cross of Christ and sang “Behold! Through the Cross joy has come into all the world.” We learned “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might” from St. John Climacus who outlined the steps essential for attaining communion with God. We listened to the life of St. Mary of Egypt who having recognized her sinfulness, sought to bring about an essential change in her life. On Palm Sunday we gave out willows and palms as a reminder of Jesus who rode into Jerusalem after raising up Lazarus from death. Silently and sorrowfully we heard of the betrayal, judging and passion of the Son of God and cried as He whispered, “It is finished.” And then, on Pascha, with joy, we worshiped Our Lord Jesus Christ and celebrated His Resurrection and cried aloud, “Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!” How fortunate we are to have the chance to experience this spiritual and poignant season. And so we pray: “We, unworthy recipients of Thy benefits and gifts, as unprofitable servants dare to turn to Thee, O Master, bringing Thee thanks, and glorifying and hymning Thee, the Benefactor and Creator: Glory to Thee, O most bountiful God.”   Pictures are in  the Photo Gallery. 

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