After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


Approaching Pascha

Saint Edward Brotherhood

Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 3:26 AM

Dear-in Christ, Everyone,

Bless!  First of  all, as we will have little time during the rest of the day, may I greet all our parishioners, supporters, helpers, friends and acquaintances in anticipation with the joyous Easter greeting:

Christ is Risen! 
Truly, He is Risen!

May the joy of the festival and its grace lighten your paths in life ii the days and years ahead.

But let us look a some words of Saint Ambrose of Milan, which tell us how to approach this feast in order to be benefitted deeply and spiritually, keeping it not simply as a folk custom or as an occasion for worldly celebration.  He writes:

"There are some, dearly beloved, who seem to be seeking the Lord, but since they are slothful and strangers to virtue, they do not deserve to find Him; nor, when found, to see Him.  What, however, were these holy women [the Myrrhbearers] seeking at the tomb, if not the Body of the Lord Jesus?  And you, what is it you are seeking in the Church if not Jesus, that is, the Saviour?  But if you wish to find Him, the Sun now being risen, then come as these women came; that is, let there be no darkness of evil in your hearts; for the desires of the flesh and the works that are evil are darkness.  They in whose hearts there is darkness of this kind see not the light, and understand not Christ, for Christ is the Light.  Therefore, drive the darkness from you, brethren, that is, all sinful desires and all evil works, and provide yourselves with sweet spices, that is earnest prayers, saying with the Psalmist: Let my prayer, O Lord, be set forth as incense before Thee" (Ps. 140:2).

In the love of our Risen Saviour,

Fr Alexis & Brotherhood

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