Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
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|His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH, Primate Archpriest Michael Tassos, Rector Priest Jon Fate, Attached Protodeacon Stephen Bell, Attached Archpriest Michael Lewis of blessed memory|
Weekly Schedule of Services
Great Vespers ~ Saturdays ~ 6pm
Matins ~ Sundays ~ 8:30am
Divine Liturgy ~ Sundays ~ 10am
His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH’s
Pastoral Message for Great and Holy Pascha
Christ is Risen! Indeed he is Risen!
We greet you with great joy and love as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Resurrection of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. I wish to share with you this beautiful Paschal Oration by St. Gregory the Theologian as my pastoral message for Pascha:
Yesterday I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him.
Yesterday I died with Him; Today I am made alive with Him.
Yesterday I was buried with Him; today I am raised up with Him.
Let us offer to Him Who suffered and rose again for us…ourselves, the possession most precious to God and most proper.
Let us become like Christ, since Christ became like us.
Let us become divine for His sake, since for us He became man.
He assumed the worse that He might give us the better. He became poor that by
His poverty we might become rich. He accepted the form of a servant that we might win back our freedom.
He came down that we might be lifted up. He was tempted that through Him wemight conquer. He was dishonored that He might glorify us. He died that He might save us. He ascended that He might draw to Himself we who were thrown down through the fall of sin.
Let us give all, offer all, to Him who gave Himself as a ransom and reconciliation for us.
We needed an incarnate God, a God put to death, that we might live. We were put to death together with Him that we might be cleansed. We rose again with Him because we were put to death with Him. We were glorified with Him because we rose again with Him.
A few drops of blood recreate the whole of creation.
- St. Gregory the Theologian, from the Paschal Orations
It is my prayer that the Light of the Empty Tomb will bring us the peace and joy which can only come from above. Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Yours in the Risen Christ,
Yours in Christ,
+ J O S E P H
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America
Last year was the Centennial Jubilee of the Falling Asleep of St. Raphael of Brooklyn (1915-2015). Click HERE to read more.
On the occasion of the 3rd anniversary of the kidnapping of the two Metropolitans of Aleppo
His Eminence Paul (Yazigi) and His Eminence John (Abraham) on April 22, 2013
A Joint Statement has been issued by the two Patriarchates of Antioch and of All the East:
The Greek Orthodox Church and the Syriac Orthodox Church. To read the statement click HERE
Please continue to pray for Metropolitan PAUL and Archbishop JOHN and for their quick release from captivity and safe return!
Upcoming at St. Luke
- Sunday, May 22nd – Special Coffee Hour in honor of Fr. Michael’s birthday.
- Wednesday, June 8th – Evening Divine Liturgy for Holy Ascension at 6:30pm.
Upcoming in the Orthodox Community
- June 29th – July 3rd 2016: Diocese of LA and the West Parish Life Conference hosted by St. George at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ. Click HERE for all information, registration forms, and hotel information.
Morning Prayer of the Optina Elders
O Lord, grant that I may meet all that this coming day brings to me with spiritual tranquility. Grant that I may fully surrender myself to your holy will.
At every hour of this day, direct and support me in all things. Whatsoever news may reach me in the course of the day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul and the firm conviction that all is subject to your holy will.
Direct my thoughts and feelings in all my words and actions. In all unexpected occurrences, do not let me forget that all is under your care.
Grant that I may deal straightforwardly and wisely with every member of my family, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.
O Lord, grant me the strength to endure the fatigue of the coming day and all the events that take place during it. Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive, and to love. Amen.
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