2021: Paschal Epistle – Metropolitan Agafangel: CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY HE IS RISEN!
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Christ is Risen!
Dear archpastors and pastors, monastics and laity, brothers and sisters!
We are awaiting the Second Coming of Christ to our sinful earth, the Coming of the Almighty One of the Kingdom of God and with Him the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven itself with its countless angelic incorporeal powers.
The Kingdom of Heaven is the perfect and eternal world that will soon replace our earthly world, annihilate the sin of this world and reveal forever the gold of the virtue and grace of God in all its purity.
Only through Christ is it possible to overcome the earthly world and not perish with it, inasmuch as in Him is contained the power that raises the dead and gives eternal life – this is the action of God, this is God Himself, in Whom there is no death: "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live" (John 11:25).
We believe, O Lord, in our universal resurrection and Thine imminent Second Coming!
We hope, O Lord, in Thy love for us – Thy weak creation, for the sake of which Thou didst endure willing suffering and death, and didst vanquish death by Thy miraculous Resurrection for our sakes! May Thine eternal will also abide in us!
Truly, Christ is Risen!
+ Metropolitan Agafangel
Pascha of Christ, 2021