SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

The Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ......

Apr 14, 2015
The Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ......

The road to Pascha 2015 at St. John’s Orthodox Church was spiritual and solemn.  The  journey to the empty tomb took us through services and prayers that included the beautiful Presanctified liturgies shared with our neighboring parishes, reconciliation through confession and communion, mission vesper services and self denial through fasting.  Our journey started with Forgiveness Vespers, and we greeted each other with a forgiving kiss in joy and love.  The Sunday of Orthodoxy Mission Vesper Service was held here at St. John’s; and, even though the weather was snowy and cold, a remarkable number of Orthodox Christians joined us, entering the church smiling as they swept off snowy crystals from their coats and hats. Pictures of the various events are in the Photo Gallery.

 

Following the Good Friday Matins and the reading of the 12 Passion Gospels on Thursday, a group of parishioners together with Father Igor and his son, Maxim, prepared the tomb for the crucified Christ.  And on Friday, during Vespers, the Shroud was placed in the tomb while, with tears, the parishioners lamented, “The noble Joseph, when he had taken down Thy most pure Body from the tree, wrapped it in fine linen, and anointed it with spices, and placed it in a new tomb.” 

 

Our journey started on a snowy and cold Sunday in March and brought us to the Pascha of  2015, bright, sunny, warm and filled with hope and love.  On this very joyous day, we were also happy to have His Eminence, Archbishop Michael join us as his presence always enhances our events.  The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is neither of the past, nor of the future.  It is always present in our lives through the Holy Spirit.  He is with us now, and ever, and unto the ages of ages.  Amen.   And we sing,

 

“Alleluia!! Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those who hate Him flee from before His face....

 

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

 

Alleluia!  As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish, as wax melts before the fire.”   

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