Our loins must be girt, lest when the day comes for the campaign, it find us encumbered
with trappings. Let our light shine brightly in good works, that it may lead us from the
darkness of this world into the spendour of eternal life. Let us await the sudden coming
of Our Lord, ever attentive and on the alert, so that when He shall knock, our faith may
be watching, ready to receive from Our Lord the rewards of its vigil.
St. Cyprian of Carthage. (Ancient Christian Writers
Newman Press, New York, 1956, p. 67-68
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· The period between Pascha and the Feast of the Ascension.
· The daily focus on the Resurrection.
· The change in the lives of believers due to the Resurrection.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
April 9 - Went to Diocesan Center
April 10 - Went to Uniontown Hospital with parishioner while medical care was being received.
April 10 - Blessed one home.
April l1-12 - When to St. Stephen Church in Lackawanna, New York for Clergy seminar.
April 14 Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, West Virginia.
From the Desert Fathers
He (John the Dwarf) also said, 'Humility and the fear of God are above all virtues.'
Then, the same day, at evening, being the first day of the week, when he doors were shut
where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst,
and said to them. "Peace be with you." When Jesus had said this, He showed them His hands
and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again,
"Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, HE
breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any,
they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, called
the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore
said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print
of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side,
I will not believe." And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas was
with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!"
Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand
here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing. And Thomas answered and
said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me,
you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. And truly
Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this
book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that believing you may have life in His name.
The Gospel for Thomas Sunday verifies Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The Apostle
Thomas' experience with the Risen Jesus is proclaimed year after year, century after century.
The joy of Jesus' Resurrection permeates the Christian world. Believers radiate with
the joy of the Risen Christ. Hearts are filled with the joy of the Resurrection.
Churches continue to resound with the hymns of the Resurrection. The proclamation that
"Christ is Risen!" goes forth in Orthodox Churches around the globe.
The greetings among believers between Pascha and Ascension that "Christ is Risen!
Indeed He is Risen!" continues to verify the Apostolic Faith.
The Apostle Thomas wanted proof of the Resurrection. The Apostle Thomas witnessed the
proof of the Risen Christ. The Apostle Thomas proclaimed: "My Lord and my God!" Contemporary
believers looking for proof of the Resurrection of Christ will find abundant proof.
Contemporary believers experiencing the proof of the Resurrection change their lives
accordingly. The Church's celebration of Pascha intends for believers to lead lives of
celebration of the Resurrection.
Each Orthodox Christian home should reflect the Resurrection of Christ. Each believer's
life should reflect the Resurrection of Christ. The Resurrection of Christ changed everything.
The Resurrection of Christ gives new definition to everything. Believers heeding the
content of the divine services of Pascha will view the world with new understanding.
When seeing the world through the vision of the Resurrected Christ, hope abounds for
the living and the departed. Hope abounds for the depressed, the ill, and those having
Hope abounds for those who might otherwise find themselves without hope. Every person
looking for love can find love on the Cross of Christ. Every person looking for hope can
find hope in the Empty Tomb.
Every person looking for a resolution to despair can look to the Risen Christ. Every
person looking to put sin behind and the Kingdom of God ahead can look to the Crucified
and Risen Lord.
Every person trying to understand his or her place in life can turn in meditation to
Christ on the Cross and Christ rising from the dead. Every person trying to determine his
or her direction in life benefits from meditating about the Crucified and Resurrected Christ.
Much time was designated in preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.
The Church sets aside much time for the celebration of the Resurrection. Believers investing
time in Great Lent and Holy Week benefit as well by investing time in understanding the
celebration of the Resurrection and the meaning the Resurrection has for the life of believers.
The Risen Jesus Christ brought messages of peace as evidenced in the present Gospel.
Peace is found in Christ by those who seek it. The Epistle of James states: "Now the fruit
of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." (Jas. 3:18)
The Body and Blood of Christ provide believers with the newness of life in Christ.
The Body and Blood of Christ unite believers with Christ. The Body and Blood of Christ
enables believers to experience Christ and to be renewed in Christ.
Despair and hopelessness are put behind believers who draw near and partake of the
Precious Body and Blood of Christ. The darkness of Holy Friday is surpassed for believers
who turn to the Risen Lord in faith.
Individuals seeking to satisfy the hunger in their souls will find the necessary
nourishment in the Risen Christ. Individuals seeking personal confidence and peace
will find it in the Risen Christ.
Just as the Church provides Divine services specific to Great Lent and Holy Week,
the Church provides specific services for the period of the Paschal celebration.
`Believers do well to think carefully about the time between the celebration of
the Resurrection of Christ and the Feast of the Holy Ascension. Each day is a day of
the verification and celebration of the Resurrection.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 2 / April 15, 2007
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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