And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves,
but for Him who died for them and rose again.
2 Corinthians 5:15
The importance of the Resurrection.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The change in our lives due to the Resurrection.
The enduring hope present due to the Resurrection.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
April 5 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
April 6 - Went to Diocesan Center-Mars, Pa.
April 8 and 11 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral of Pittsburgh.
April 12 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
April 13 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for Royal Hours.
The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.
The Gospel of St. John 1:1-17
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without
Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. This man came for a witness,
to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not the Light,
but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to
every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him,
and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to
those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of he flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we
beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John bore witness of Him and cried out saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes
after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” And of His fullness we have all
received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth
came through Jesus Christ. (NKJV)
The Resurrection of Christ is the greatest source of joy for believers. The Resurrection
of Christ is the most enduring source of hope for believers. Individuals having no hope have
reason to hope in the Resurrected Christ.
Individuals depressed and feeling their lives are destroyed have reason to hope in the
Resurrected Christ. Every person is sinner and can turn to the Resurrected Christ for the
forgiveness of sin.
Every person can turn to the Resurrected Christ to find personal meaning in life.
The Cross and the Resurrection serve as ultimate sources of reference for the believer.
Believers will never exhaust the value of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Believers will never invest too much time in studying the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Believers will always benefit from looking to Christ.
The joy of the Empty Tomb has lasted through more than twenty centuries.
Efforts to discredit belief in the Resurrection of Christ have faltered.
Efforts of non-believers to undercut the value of the Resurrection are unsuccessful.
The martyrdom of serious witnesses for Christ has only increased the resolute
subsequent generations of believers. Churches and monasteries have been built in
remembrance and honor of martyrs for the Resurrected Christ.
The love of the Resurrected Christ is firm and strong in God’s Holy Church.
The message of the Cross and the Resurrection is proclaimed without fear and
with great certainty in God’s Holy Church.
On all continents and in many different languages the joy of the Resurrection is
proclaimed. The Holy Gospel accounts of the Resurrection are read with the greatest of joy.
The Resurrectional greeting that “Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!” is fundamental
to all languages of believers. God’s Holy Church has remained strong in the face of persecution.
The Lord Jesus Christ told the Holy Apostle Peter that He would build His Church and
the gates of Hades would not prevail against it.
Believers need to maintain the same degree of firmness of faith.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: “Neither death nor life, nor angels or
principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth,
nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Pascha is the Feast of Feasts, the time for great joy.
Pascha also is a time to give thanks to the Risen Lord. Christ rose after
He suffered and died on the Cross.
The love He showed for each of us is deserving of our constant appreciation.
No day should pass without believers giving heartfelt appreciation to the Crucified
and Risen Lord. No day should pass without believers looking to Resurrected Christ with
firmness of hope and for purpose of life.
No day should pass without prayers to the Crucified and Resurrected Christ for
firmness of faith and hope. The journey to the Kingdom of God is the most fundamental
journey of life.
The journey to Pascha sets the direction for believers. The journey to Pascha
reunites believers with the Crucified and Resurrected Christ. Individuals taking
the journey to Pascha seriously find utmost joy with the arrival of Pascha.
The Resurrected Christ welcomes all coming to Him in faith. The Resurrected Christ
shares His inexhaustible love with everyone. The Resurrected Christ continues to change
The celebration of Pascha each year is a time of renewal for communities where Pascha
is celebrated. Believers welcoming the Crucified and Resurrected Christ into their hearts,
homes and lives affect the communities where they live.
Homes change, workplaces change, families change when the Resurrectional joy is present.
Lives change when believers live in Christ. Parishes change when increased amounts of
parishioners honor the journey to Pascha.
Following Christ is a life-long commitment entered into at Holy Baptism.
Baptism is a time of great joy. Pascha is a time of great joy. When Christ is the
center of life, there is always great joy.
The women went to the Tomb and heard the glorious words: “You seek Jesus of Nazareth,
who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.”
The world changed forever.
May this Pascha change our lives and root us firmly in the Crucified and
Resurrected Christ. May the joy of the Resurrection permeate our hearts,
our homes and our lives. Hristos Voskrese! Christ is Risen!
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 2 / April 15, 2012
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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