My beloved Christ is risen!
Our ecclesiastical year rolls on! We recently concluded Great Lent by celebrating the ultimate feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and God Jesus Christ. In this Post-Paschal season, the Church continues to highlight on Sundays images and incidences from the life of our Lord in the Gospel to influence and inspire our faith, and to realize the true meaning of the Resurrection of our Lord.
The First Sunday after Easter is known as Sunday of Thomas. On this Sunday the Church guides us to see how the skepticism of Thomas was transformed into a true and steadfast faith and love when resurrected Jesus appeared before him.
The Second Sunday after Easter, known as Sunday of the Myrrhbearers, commemorates those women and men who were true followers of our Lord, who were not afraid to ask and take care of the body of our Lord. For their faith they were found worthy to receive the message of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Which also they suffered for this for the rest of their lives.
The Third Sunday we commemorate Christ’s miraculous healing of the Paralytic. We read the Gospel text where our Lord performed the miracle of the healing of the Paralytic, and through his healing we learn how the Lord came to restore the human nature from the deceit.
On the Fourth Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, we see how the dialog and discussion between Jesus and the foreign, Samaritan woman, changed her life. We now honor the Samaritan Woman, St. Fotini, Equal to the Apostles, as a saint of our Church because of her repentance.
On the Fifth Sunday of the Blind Man, we encounter the narrative concerning the miracle that Jesus performed giving the sight to a blind man. Even though the blind was lacking the sense of sight, but the eyes of his heart, knew who Jesus was and wasn't afraid to proclaim Him in front of the Pharisees.
On the Sixth Sunday, we remember the Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council of Nicea, where the doctrine of our true faith to our Triune God was established. The Faith the Fathers of the Council proclaimed is the same Faith we proclaim today.
The cycle of the Sundays after Easter is completed with the Great Feast of Pentecost, where the disciples received the Holy Spirit from above, became Apostles preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and established churches throughout the world. In remembrance of this great feast, during the service we ask again that the Holy Spirit will descend and bless us.
May the Grace of our triune God, through the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, empower and strengthen our faith and love to Him and keeps us in unity and oneness as church and parish family!
Your Parish Priest
Fr. Athanasios Nenes