Vouchsafe also us on earth with pure hearts to glorify Thee.”
Stichera of the Radiant Resurrection of Christ
with the radiant Resurrection of Christ!
I greet you with the joyful Paschal greeting:
Christ is risen!
There is nothing on earth that is higher or more holy than this radiant Paschal joy, as this joy is a foretaste of that heavenly bliss that awaits all true Christians in eternal life.
My dear brothers and sisters, let us treasure the gift received from God – our belonging to the true Church Abroad, which was saved two years ago from the destruction wrought by those who lost all sense of spiritual discernment, so that we are not kept from the joy that awaits us in eternity. Let us treasure the brilliant spiritual light that shines upon us from Christ and the Paschal joy that knows no equal. Let us greet one another from the depths of our hearts with sacred salutations. Let us fervently pray to the Resurrected Lord, that He may ignite with this Paschal light a love of Him in our hearts.
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein!”
Truly He is Risen!
Archbishop of Ottawa and North America
New York. Pascha, 2009.