Wednesday, 09 April 2014
Year of Salvation: 2014
To the entire Church
“Today the whole creation is glad and doth rejoice, for Christ is risen, and Hades hath been despoiled”
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein.”
Beloved Children in the Lord,
During today’s holy, brilliant, and light-bearing feast the joy and rejoicing of our Lord’s Resurrection fill the hearts of all Orthodox Christians, so that they join their hymns of glory with those of the Holy Angels in heaven, and with all creation in unceasing hymnody, and ineffable thanksgiving.
The despoiling of Hades and the victory of life over death in the Resurrected Christ Jesus our Saviour is the prelude to the chosen and holy day, the queen and lady: the Feast of feasts and Festival of festivals, Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha!