From the beginning of Christian history, the feast of Easter has been central to the liturgical calendar of the Church. Through the scripture, from the compelling writings from the Fathers and The Holy Tradition we also know that the Resurrection event has changed the history. Easter occupies in the Christian calendar the unifying and culminating place of the mystery that the Apostle Paul indicated when he wrote, “if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (1 Cor. 15:17). Everything in the Christian year hangs on Easter, because everything in the Christian Church depends on the Resurrection. The Resurrection of Christ is not just an extraordinary event; it is a Divine promise to all who follow in the footsteps of the Lord. As Christians and believers in this beautiful and divine mystery we must also be followers in the Journey of Christ.
In these coming days as we raise up our crosses to ascend Golgotha with Christ so that we may be resurrected with Him as well, may we remember the orphans, the sick and the poor. Let us ponder together on the Bridegroom Matins Hymnology:
Thy bridal chamber I see adorned, O my Savior, and I have no wedding garment that I may enter. O Giver of Light, enlighten the vesture of my soul, and save me.
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On behalf of the Saint Paraskeva Orthodox Charity and the most vulnerable children of Romania that the charity serves I would like to express once again my gratitude for all your support, love and prayers that you have offered through the years. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Awaiting the Resurrection of Christ,
Mariana Cuceu, MD, MPH
President of Saint Paraskeva Orthodox Charity