And first the brightness of the Word was communicated to the Church by the Prophets. Later,
by the revelation of the Gospel the entire shadowy substance of symbol was dispelled and the
intervening wall was torn down. In this way the atmosphere within the house was connected
with the light of the upper heavens; and so there was no further need of using the light
from the windows, since the true Light was enlightening all the interior by the rays of
the Gospel. Thus the Word cries through the windows of the Church to raise up all that
have been crushed: Now indeed arise from your fall, you who have slipped in the mire of
sin; and you who have been tripped by the serpent and have fallen to earth by the sin of
disobedience, rise up!
(From Glory to Glory.
St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1979, p. 185
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· The Empty Tomb.
· The appearances of the Resurrected Christ.
· Belief in the Resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of the dead.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
April 15 - Attended parish Board meeting.
April 19 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars. Went to Sewickley Hospital.
April 20 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission Chapel, Fairmont, W.Va.
From the Desert Fathers
Abba Sarmatas said, 'I prefer a sinful man who knows he has sinned and repents,
to a man who has not sinned and considers himself to be righteous."
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
Mark 15:43-47. 16:1-8
Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of
God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate
marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been
dead for some time. So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.
Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in
tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.
And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observered where He was laid. Now when the
Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that
they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week,
they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, "Who will
roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?" But when they looked up, they saw
that the stone had been rolled away----for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they
saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were
alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed, You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was
crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.. But go, tell
His disciples---and Peter-that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him,
as He said to you." So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and
were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
The Tomb is empty. The women hear the news: "You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.
He is risen! He is not here." Believers hear the news of Christ throughout the Pascha period.
The Resurrection is celebrated daily until the Feast of Ascension. The Holy Apostle Paul
said: "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have
fallen asleep." (I Cor. 15:20)
Hope springs from Jesus Christ's Resurrection. Hope is founded in Jesus Christ's
Resurrection. The Holy Apostle Peter said: "Always be ready to give a defense to everyone
who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear."
(I Peter 3:15)
The time of the Resurrection is a time of joy. If we look carefully at our lives,
we find joy emanating from Christ. In hardship, in toil, in travail, Christ is always present.
We need only look in faith for Him.
The Holy Apostle Paul's declaration about God holds true today as it did centuries ago:
"In Him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28)
When we experience crosses in our lives and they seem too heavy, let us turn to the Risen
Lord. Let us ponder His transformation of the Cross from death and destruction to life and hope.
Jesus Christ set the example for believers of every century. The Cross was not the
defeat of Christ, The Cross was a sign and a prelude to the victory of Christ.
When believers experience circumstances in life which bring an end to life
as it is known, turn to Christ in faith. Turn to Christ for hope, for direction,
for strength and for nourishment.
The value of turning to Christ in faith is proven over and over again, year after year,
century after century. Communist regimes, dictators, oppressive and atheistic governments
have tried to subdue, repress and destroy the Church of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ told the Holy Apostle Peter: "On this rock I will build My church
and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." (Mt. 16:18)
Today, in modern society, efforts to diminish the teachings and work of God continue.
The narrow path is the way to the Kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Narrow is
the gate, and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
Each person determines the path he or she will follow in life. A person can
turn away from sin and seek a new path in life leading to the Kingdom of God.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans centuries ago about the newness of life in Christ.
The message remains the same today: "If we have been united together in the likeness of His
death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection."
On Pascha we hear the glorious message" As many as have been baptized into Christ have
put on Christ." Every believer has been baptized into Christ. Every believer has reason to
rejoice in the Risen Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: "All things are possible to him who believes."
(Mk. 9:23). The power of faith in God was illustrated when Jesus said:
"If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,'
and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you." z(Mt. 17:20)
The present Gospel witnesses to the Empty Tomb. The present Gospel witnesses to the
Resurrection of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Resurrection is revealed and proclaimed
daily, century after century.
Century after century, men, women and children turn to the Risen Lord in hope and in faith.
Century after century, the power of the Risen Lord to change individual lives is irrefutably
From Kosovo to South America, from South Africa, to South Side Pittsburgh, believers
rejoice and experience new life in the Risen Christ. Every icon and fresco of the Resurrection,
every icon and fresco of the myrrbearing women, every believer's heart full of hope testifies
to the Resurrection of Christ.
"Do not be alarmed, You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen"
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 9 / April 22, 2007
Sunday of the Myrrbearing Women.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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