I Cor. 15:18-19
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most pitiable.
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those
who have fallen asleep.” (NKJV)
The appearances of Jesus after He rose from the Tomb.
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The joy of Jesus’ followers knowing that He had risen.
The continuing effects of Christ rising from the dead.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
Apri1 16 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
April 17 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
April 18 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit patient.
Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Then, the same day, at evening, being the first day of the week, when the 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
fsJesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
The celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ continues in God’s
Holy Church until the Leave-taking of Pascha. The Leave-taking of Pascha is immediately
before the Feast of the Ascension of Christ.
The joy of the Resurrection is all-encompassing joy. Individuals looking to the
meaning of the Resurrection learn of the defeat of death and the triumph of life.
Believers learn of the triumph of hope over despair and of light over darkness.
The Resurrection of Christ continues to be of great interest to believers and researchers.
Twenty centuries have passed. Interest in Christ’s Resurrection remains strong.
The celebration of the Resurrection draws millions of believers.
The Holy Apostle Thomas initially doubted the truth of the Resurrection.
He personally was able to verify Christ’s Resurrection.
The Holy Apostle Thomas was able to satisfy his doubts.
He became firmly convinced of the Resurrection.
The presence of the Risen Christ convinced the Apostle Thomas that He had indeed risen.
Fervent believers in the current century turning to Christ in faith become convinced of
Christ’s presence and of His Resurrection.
Centuries have not changed Christ. In Hebrews we read: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
today and forever.”
The question for current believers is the degree to which personal lives are changed by
The Resurrection of Christ is celebrated” in the present” each year. Believers’
lives are expected to change as a result of Christ’s Resurrection. Believers’ lives
are to be firmly established in the Resurrected Christ.
In the Resurrection Matins we sing: “Yesterday I was buried with Thee, O Christ.
Today I rise with Thee in Thy resurrection. Yesterday I was crucified with Thee.
Glorify me with Thee, O Savior, in Thy kingdom.” 1
Being united with the Resurrected Christ is the intended result of the long journey
to Pascha. The joyful celebration of Pascha and unity with the Risen Christ is the ideal
goal of the journey to Pascha. New life in Christ is the goal.
Deep and careful prayerful thoughts and actions are personally necessary to be united
with Christ and to remain united. We must exercise control over our minds, our tongues,
and our bodies for Christ to be our nourishment and our goal.
We must be careful about the decisions we make throughout the day. We must be careful
about the thoughts we permit to enter our minds. We must be careful about our actions.
The Holy Apostle Thomas had doubts that Jesus had actually resurrected from the dead.
The Holy Apostle Thomas satisfied those doubts. The Holy Apostle Thomas’ life changed
when he became convinced of the Resurrection.
We decide today and every day the degree to which we are convinced of the Resurrection.
The way we live each day reveals the depth of our belief in the Resurrection and the extent
The way we live the remaining time of our lives determines where we will spend eternity.
The way we live the remaining time of our lives determines the degree of unity we have with
Christ and the joy we experience in Christ.
Holy Apostle Peter spoke of becoming partakers of divine nature. Holy Apostle Peter said
“His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the
knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.”
(2 Peter 1:3-4)
We choose each day the reading we will do. We choose each day the images and thoughts
we will permit to enter our minds. We choose each day the degree to which we pray and the
fervency of our prayers.
We establish the goals for our lives each day and determine the degree of effort
applied to achieving the goals. To benefit, we have to invest our lives in Christ during
the Paschal period as we did during the journey to Pascha.
Each day of life is a new day. Each day believers face challenges and temptations.
The Risen Lord is the triumphant force against attacks that would put the soul in peril.
Christ makes life worth living. Let us live as St. Apostle Paul : “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me”
The Paschal Service
Text prepared by Mr. John Erikson and Very Rev. Paul Lazor.
Department of Religious Education, Orthodox Church in America, Reprint 2004, p. 31.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 9 / April 22, 2012
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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