Paschal Epistle: Metropolitan Damascene (RusOC)

Metropolitan of Moscow and All-Russianbishops, pastors, monks andall the faithful and loving children ofRussian Orthodox Church
My Dear hierarchs, pastors, reverend monks and nuns, brothers and sisters!I heartily congratulate you on Lightbringer Easter – Christ’s Glorious Resurrection!CHRIST IS RISEN!
Brothers and sisters!Christ is risen in glory, and we are resurrected through His resurrection. “Is it appropriate for more this corruptible, obleschisya on incorruption, and deadly these things obleschisya of immortality” (1 Cor. 15, 53). Goodness of the Lord. He is in every one of us. He is the source, exhaling eternal life.
We can see how today mire settled anguish and grief. Increased risk and increased persecution. Diabolical forces us want to quarrel, try to sow the seed of discord and weaned from the love of Christ. My beloved, keep fasting and prayer, faith, be brave and not afraid to force the wicked wiles, do not listen to their false preachers and organizers hvaliteley godless and apostate mira!
“We are of God who knows God listens to us, and who is not of God heareth not us. According to this – we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error “(1 Jn. 4:6). Christ is with us. Christ is risen. He is on the right hand of God. He loves and seeks us: “neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord “(Romans 8. 38, 39).
Rejoice and be glad! In the words of St. Apostle: “We – the children of God” and we are “joint heirs of Christ”, but only if the heirs, “if only we suffer with him, to Him be glorified.” And that all our “sufferings of this present time not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8. 16, 17, 18).
Easter – the celebration of holidays and our jubilation. We celebrate Easter together with the angels and the holy saints, together with all orthodox mirom. We celebrate. And let us celebrate, so that even non-believers let them say about us: “Surely the Lord in their midst!”.
Sacred joy of Easter is burning in our souls and kindle in our hearts. We praise the Lord today and every time sodelyvayas partakers and honoring the heavenly joy: “not in kvass Vets nor kvass malice and wickedness, but bezkvasiix sincerity and truth” (1 Cor. 5, 8).
“Easter is the Lord” (Exodus 12, 11), so our celebration for the Lord. We celebrate and praise the Lord, and “every breath praise the Lord” (Ps. 150, 6). Do not we have come, but on his own philanthropy, the Lord led us to the Passover with His – His Easter Sunday. He trampled down death by death. He conquered death. He overthrew the devil. He himself was resurrected and we resurrected to eternal life. Loosed our death. And gave us a blessing, joy, and this great Easter celebration.
“Glorifying the beauty of your indulgence, we sing Thee, O Christ: Thou born of a virgin, and inseparable from the Father, Thou hast been, Thou hast suffered men, and hast willed endured the cross, Thou hast risen from the tomb, Thou from the temple proizshed, yes you will be saved mir, O Lord, Glory to Thee “(Stanza Sunday of the Paschal Canon).
With the Bright Resurrection of Christ!

+ Mitropolit Damaskin
Pascha. 2011. Moscow.