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On "The Summer Pascha"

 

Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life, by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb (Kontakion).
 
Beloved in The Lord,
 
Everything that is praised and glorified in The Theotokos is a sign of what is offered to all persons in the life of the Church. “Behold the handmaiden of The Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). When we live a life of surrendered love, heaven is brought to earth and the Glory of God is given to us. When we walk in an abiding and intimate relationship with The Lord, we too may become “full of grace,” that is, filled with the very life and presence of God.

Today that very same glory that the Theotokos received through her life of faithfulness, now receives her, body and soul, into heaven. In the icon of the feast, we see that The Lord holds in His arms the soul of her, who held Him in swaddling clothes as an infant. The feast of The Dormition is a sign and promise of the Church’s future; of our future. All of us who come to say “yes” to her son by surrendering to love, will not only receive The Lord into themselves, but have the promise of being received by Him in a future, mutual, and eternal embrace. Such is the joy and promise of the feast! In imitation of the Theotokos, we are called to live as citizens of paradise. This is not a hope for something about which we are not sure. Rather, it is a hope which sprouts from the seed of blessedness that we have taken into ourselves. We do not despair death, because death becomes a more complete entrance into the divine life which we are already called to live. (1 Thessalonians 4:13, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57, Hebrews 2:14:15) “For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8). May this great and holy feast be for us an assurance of the future and icon of how we live.
 
With Love in Christ,
Fr. Spyridon
Fr. Peter
Dn. Matthew

 

 


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We extend a prayerful and sincere welcome to all visitors. The Orthodox Church of Saint John the Russian is a growing and vibrant community. Our parishioners come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. All of our services are in English. 

Our parish was founded in 1976 and falls under the omophorion of Metropolitan Nicholas of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR)

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