Easter Sunday

On Sunday evening, the most important service of the entire Orthodox ecclesiastical year is celebrated. It is the resurrection service, when the priest will confirm the news of this wondrous event to the congregation. The church is darkened, symbolic of the darkness of the tomb. Then the priest, carrying a white candle from the eternal vigil light on the holy altar, proclaims:

``Come ye and receive light from the unwading light...''

The church slowly fills with the flickering light of hope that has become reality.

The news from the resurrection is read from the gospel according to Mark... And then the brief and vibrant hymn of the resurrection is sung. It starts as w whisper from the priest's lips, to grow into an explosive triumphant hymn sung by the entire congregation.

Χριστός Ανέστη εκ νεκρών
θανάτω θάνατον πατήσας
και της εν τη μνήμασι
ζωής χαρισάμενος
Christ has risen from the dead
by dead trampling upon death
and has bestowed life
to those in the tombs.

Our Dear friends, may you experience this week as you truly wish it, may you be challenged by the integrity and generosity of spirit inside of you all. And may Easter Sunday bring you, your family and your friends as much freedom and ecstasy as our mortal and immortal parts will bear.
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