Thursday, October 29, 2020 UTC

APRIL 12: PASCHA – RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD & GOD & SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

 

the-resurrection RESURRECTION MATINS (PRIVATE) – 8:00 AM; DIVINE LITURGY (PRIVATE) – 8:45 AM. Fr. Mark streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/livestream

If you would like to bless your Pascha Basket at home with your Blessed Water, “the Paschal Matins book contains versions of the blessings of Paschal foods which may be prayed by any Christian. While not a priestly blessing, it reminds us that all Christians are empowered by their baptism to bless and thank God for all he has done for us.” You can find the blessing here: BLESSING OF PASCHA BASKETDoc2

NO FASTING NOR ABSTINENCE UNTIL APOSTLES FAST JUNE 8TH (APOSTLES’ FAST FROM 6/8 – 6/28).

Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The service of Matins for the feast of Pascha is celebrated early on Sunday morning. At the service, a procession makes its way from the darkened church, to the church’s front doors, where the priest and people sing the troparion of Pascha for the first time:

“Christ is risen from the dead!
By death He trampled death
and to those in the tombs He granted life!”

The faithful enter the church, now brilliantly lit, and sing the Paschal Canon – a hymn of praise, joy, and exultation in the Lord’s Resurrection. Over and over, the refrain “Christ is risen!” and “Indeed, He is Risen!” is exclaimed by the priest and people. The Eucharistic Divine Liturgy of Pascha is celebrated immediately after Paschal Matins. The Gospel reading is John 1: 1-17, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

We celebrate by greeting each other “CHRIST IS RISEN!” & the recipient says: “INDEED HE IS RISEN!”

In other languages we greet each other:

Christós voskrése! Voístinnu voskrése! (Slavonic)

Christós anésti! Alithós anésti! (Greek)

Al Maseeh Qam! Haqqan Qam! (Arabic)

Kristus vstal zmr’tvych! Skutočne vstal! (Slovak)

Krisztus feltámadt! Valóban feltámadt! (Hungarian)

Hristus a Înviat! Adeverat a Înviat! (Romanian)

Cristo ha resucitado! En verdad, está resucitado! (Spanish)

After Divine Liturgy the faithful bring baskets of food to be blessed. The foods are often associated symbolically with the risen Lord (e.g. eggs which represent new life, or salt which stands for the savor which Christ’s disciples will bring to the world.)