Can you read another language? We need you!
We are looking for volunteers to read the Resurrectional Gospel reading during the Agape Vespers service on Great and Holy Pascha on Sunday, April 28th. If you can read another language and are able to attend the service please contact Fr. Athanasios or Fr. Nicholas. Do you need a little help with pronuciation as you practice, or are you interested in hearing the gospel in other languages? Check out this great resource here.
During the Agape Vespers it is the tradition of the Church to read the Gospel reading (John 20:19-25) in multiple languages. The significance of this practice is two fold:
1) It is a reflection and response to the Great Commission which Christ gave to his Apostles following His resurrection from the dead. Following His resurrection He gathered His disciples on the mount in Galilee and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-19).
2) Our proclamation of the Gospel is also a reflection of the restoration of Man and God’s creation as the events at the Tower of Babel are reversed (Genesis 11:1-9). Humanity, once divided, is now restored through Christ.