Jesus Christ the Victorious "…came
that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly." He
is the cause of today's celebration. Pascha belongs to the Lord, and we
who are of His flock do rejoice, since, during holy
Week, we each participated in His Passion. Through this participation,
as a freely given Gift of our Lord, we each receive according to our
capacity the Grace of the present Festival. Through the Grace of the
Resurrection all anxiety is allayed; each and every pain and mourning
is comforted; all want and insufficiency is filled; and every tear is
wiped away, for the very graves are emptied.
The Lord's Pascha! The lips of the Orthodox never tire to repeat this
sweetest phrase, which bears within it such power that our tongues
veritably stutter pronouncing it! And it is with a special joy that I,
the humble servant of the Risen Christ, who serves His Church as her
Archbishop do greet you all with this Paschal Greeting.
my fellow-bishops who with their cooperation and through their
rightly-dividing of the Word of Truth give stability to the edifice of
the Church through the Apostolic Succession; to the sacred clergy,
priests, priestmonks and hierodeacons who with such self-sacrifice
cultivate the souls of the True Orthodox faithful; to the chanters and
altar-servers who illumine and serve the orderliness of the Sacred
Services and maintain the beauty of the sacred Temples; to our monastic
communities, who though their fasting, moderation and unceasing prayer
scatter the grace of the Holy Trinity throughout the world; and to the
pious Christians of all ages, who guard the sacred deposit of our
blameless Faith as the apple of their eye; I greet all of you from the
depths of my heart, asking your prayers also.
ay our Lord Jesus Christ Who arose
from the dead, the Son and Word of the Father, fill all your hearts
with the grace of the All-Holy Spirit, and deem us worthy to celebrate
together the eternal Pascha in His Kingdom. Amen.
CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY HE IS RISEN!
Your fervent intercessor unto the Risen Lord,
of Athens and All Greece