Paschal Homily by Archimandrite John Krestiankin

~~Now all things are filled with light: heaven, and earth, and the nether regions… Christ is Risen!

Children of God! I greet you from an abundance of unearthly joy, scorching with the power of these divine words: Christ is Risen! The holy fire of this saving good news, flashing out once again in a bright flame from the Lord’s Holy Sepulcher, has poured across the world.

And the Church of God, overflowing with the light of this fire, grants it to us: Christ is Risen!

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Come and let us bless Joseph of everlasting memory

Come and let us bless Joseph of everlasting memory,
 who came to Pilate by night
 and begged for the Life of all:
‘Give me this stranger,
 Who has no place to lay His head.
 Give me this stranger,
 Whom His evil disciple delivered to death.
 Give me this stranger,
 Whom His Mother saw hanging on the Cross,
 and with a mother’s sorrow she cried weeping:
“Woe is me, O my Child!
 Woe is me, Light of mine eyes and beloved fruit of my womb!
 For what Symeon foretold in the temple is come to pass today:

Homily on Great Friday

~~Shall some speak these days of love? Shall they now speak, when the fruit of enmity has ripened in the vineyard of the Beloved; when the earth trembles at the horror, hearts of stone are rent asunder, and the eye of heaven is darkened with deep indignation? Shall they now speak of love for the world, when also the Son of God, suffering in the world, is abandoned bereft of comfort, and His prayerful cry, My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? (Mt. 27:46), is left without response?

Holy Thursday

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Mt. 26:26–28

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