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« on: April 04, 2010, 05:39:38 AM »

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Ἀδελφοὶ καὶ τέκνα ἐν Κυρίῳ ἀγαπητά,

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη!

Εὐφρόσυνος καὶ φωτεινὴ ἀνέτειλε καὶ πάλιν ἡ ἁγία ἡμέρα τοῦ Πάσχα καὶ σκορπίζει χαράν, παρηγορίαν, ἀγαλλίασιν καὶ βεβαίαν ἐλπίδα ζωῆς εἰς ὅλους τοὺς πιστούς, παρὰ τὴν ἐπικρατοῦσαν ἀνὰ τὸν κόσμον βαρεῖαν ἀτμόσφαιραν ἐξ αἰτίας τῆς πολυδιαστάτου κρίσεως, μὲ ὅλας τὰς γνωστὰς ὀδυνηρὰς ἐπιπτώσεις της εἰς τὸν καθημερινὸν βίον τῆς ἀνθρωπότητος.

Ἀνέστη ἐκ τοῦ Τάφου ὁ Χριστός, ὁ Θεάνθρωπος, καὶ μαζί Του ἀνέστη ὁ ἄνθρωπος! Ἡ καταδυναστεία τοῦ θανάτου ἀποτελεῖ παρελθόν. Ἡ ἀπελπισία τῆς αἰχμαλωσίας τοῦ ᾅδου παρῆλθεν ἀνεπιστρεπτί. Ὁ μόνος Ἰσχυρὸς καὶ Χορηγὸς τῆς ζωῆς, ἀφοῦ ἀνέλαβεν ἐθελουσίως διὰ τῆς Ἐνσαρκώσεώς Του ὅλην τὴν δυστυχίαν τῆς φύσεώς μας καὶ τὸ ἴδιον τὸ κεφάλαιόν της, τὸν θάνατον, ἤδη «τὸν ᾅδην ἐνέκρωσε τῇ ἀστραπῇ τῆς Θεότητος» καὶ ἐχάρισεν εἰς τὸν ἄνθρωπον ζωὴν καὶ «περισσὸν» ζωῆς.

Αὐτὴν τὴν περίσσειαν ζωῆς, τὴν ὁποίαν ὁ Ἀναστὰς ἐχάρισεν εἰς ἡμᾶς, δὲν παύει νὰ συκοφαντῇ καὶ νὰ διαβάλῃ πάντοτε μὲ συνέπειαν πρὸς τὸ ὄνομά του ὁ διάβολος, καίτοι ἀπονευρωμένος πλέον καὶ ἐντελῶς ἀνίσχυρος καὶ καταγέλαστος. Τὴν συκοφαντεῖ μὲ τὴν εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἐπικρατοῦσαν ἀκόμη «ὕβριν», τόσον ἔναντι τοῦ Θεοῦ, ὅσον καὶ ἔναντι τοῦ συνανθρώπου καὶ τῆς ὅλης κτίσεως. Τὴν διαβάλλει μὲ τὴν εἰσέτι ὑφισταμένην ἐντὸς ἡμῶν «ἀρχαίαν σκωρίαν» τῆς ἁμαρτητικῆς ροπῆς, τὴν ὁποίαν καταλλήλως πάντοτε ἐκμεταλλεύεται, προσπαθῶν νὰ μᾶς παγιδεύσῃ εἴτε εἰς τὴν ἔμπρακτον ἁμαρτίαν, εἴτε εἰς τὴν περὶ τὴν πίστιν πλάνην. Ἡ «ὕβρις» εἶναι ἀπότοκον τῆς «σκωρίας» ἐκείνης καὶ ἀμφότεραι συναποτελοῦν τὸ ἀπαίσιον ζεῦγος τῶν εὐθυνομένων διὰ τὴν διατάραξιν τῶν σχέσεών μας πρὸς ἑαυτούς, πρὸς ἀλλήλους, πρὸς τὸν Θεὸν καὶ πρὸς ὅλην τὴν Δημιουργίαν. Εἶναι, κατὰ ταῦτα, ἀδήριτος ἀνάγκη νὰ ἀποκαθάρωμεν τὴν σκωρίαν ἐκείνην μετὰ πάσης προσοχῆς καὶ ἐπιμελείας, ὥστε νὰ λάμψῃ ἄπλετον τὸ ζωοποιὸν φῶς τοῦ Ἀναστάντος Χριστοῦ εἰς τὸν νοῦν, εἰς τὴν ψυχὴν καὶ εἰς τὸ σῶμα μας, νὰ ἀπομακρύνῃ τὸ σκότος τῆς ὕβρεως καὶ νὰ ἐκχυθῇ τὸ «περισσὸν» τῆς ζωῆς εἰς τὸν κόσμον ὅλον. Τοῦτο δὲν δύναται νὰ ἐπιτευχθῇ οὔτε διὰ τῆς φιλοσοφίας, οὔτε διὰ τῆς ἐπιστήμης, οὔτε διὰ τῆς τέχνης, οὔτε διὰ τῆς τεχνικῆς, οὔτε διά τινος ἰδεολογίας, εἰ μὴ μόνον διὰ τῆς πίστεως εἰς τὸν μέχρι Παθῶν καὶ Σταυροῦ καὶ Τάφου καὶ ταμείων τοῦ ᾅδου συγκαταβάντα καὶ ἐκ νεκρῶν Ἀναστάντα Θεάνθρωπον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, ἐκφραζομένης διὰ μυστηριακῆς ἐκκλησιαστικῆς ζωῆς καὶ ἐμπόνου καὶ συστηματικοῦ πνευματικοῦ ἀγῶνος. Ἡ Ἐκκλησία, ὡς τὸ Σῶμα τοῦ Χριστοῦ, ζῇ ἀδιαλείπτως καὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τὸ θαῦμα τῆς Ἀναστάσεως, καὶ διὰ τῶν ἁγίων Μυστηρίων της, τῆς Θεολογίας καὶ τῆς πρακτικῆς διδασκαλίας της, μᾶς δίδει τὴν δυνατότητα νὰ μεταλάβωμεν τοῦ θαύματος, νὰ μετάσχωμεν τῆς νίκης κατὰ τοῦ θανάτου, νὰ γίνωμεν τέκνα φωτόμορφα τῆς Ἀναστάσεως καὶ ἀληθῶς «θείας κοινωνοὶ φύσεως», ὅπως συνέβη καὶ συμβαίνει μὲ ὅλους τοὺς Ἁγίους. Ἡ εἰς τὰ βάθη τῆς καρδίας ἡμῶν φυομένη κακοβότανος καὶ ἀκανθηρὰ δέσμη τῶν παθῶν, ἡ λιπαινομένη ἐκ τῆς σκωρίας τοῦ ἐν ἡμῖν «παλαιοῦ ἀνθρώπου», εἶναι ἐπάναγκες νὰ μεταμορφωθῇ τὸ συντομώτερον ἐν Χριστῷ, διὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ χάριν τοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ τῶν περὶ ἡμᾶς ζωντανῶν εἰκόνων Του, δηλ. τῶν συνανθρώπων μας, εἰς ἀνθοδέσμην ἀρετῶν, ἁγιασμοῦ καὶ δικαιοσύνης. Οὕτω, ὁ ἱερὸς ὑμνογράφος ἐπικαίρως ψάλλει: «Δικαιοσύνης ἐσθῆτα περιβαλλόμενοι λευκὴν ὑπὲρ χιόνα, τῇ παρούσῃ τοῦ Πάσχα ἡμέρᾳ εὐφρανθῶμεν, ἐν ᾖ ὁ Χριστός, δικαιοσύνης ὡς ἥλιος ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν ἀνατείλας, πάντας ἡμᾶς ἀφθαρσίᾳ κατεφαίδρυνεν». Τὸ λευκὸν ἔνδυμα τῆς δικαιοσύνης μᾶς ἐδόθη συμβολικῶς κατὰ τὸ ἅγιον Βάπτισμα καὶ καλούμεθα διὰ τῆς διαρκοῦς μετανοίας, τῶν χαροποιῶν δακρύων, τῆς ἀδιαλείπτου προσευχῆς, τοῦ περιορισμοῦ τῶν ἐπιθυμιῶν, τῆς ὑπομονῆς εἰς τὰ ὀδυνηρὰ τοῦ βίου καὶ τῆς ἀνυποχωρήτου προσπαθείας πρὸς πρακτικὴν ἐφαρμογὴν πασῶν τῶν ἐντολῶν τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ μάλιστα τῆς κεφαλαιώδους ἐντολῆς τῆς ἀγάπης, νὰ τὸ ἀνακαθάρωμεν, μετέχοντες οὕτως εἰς τὴν σταυρικὴν κένωσιν τοῦ Θεανθρώπου, ὥστε νὰ ἔλθῃ ἡ πασχάλιος εὐφροσύνη, τὸ φαιδρὸν ἀναστάσιμον φῶς καὶ ἡ σωτηρία εἰς τὴν ζωὴν μας καὶ εἰς τὸν περὶ ἡμᾶς κόσμον.

Ταῦτα ἀπὸ τοῦ πάντοτε ἐν τῇ δοκιμασίᾳ τῆς Μεγάλης Παρασκευῆς, ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐν τῷ φωτὶ καὶ τῇ χαροποιῷ ἐμπειρίᾳ τῆς Ἀναστάσεως, ὑπάρχοντος Φαναρίου ἑορτίως γράφοντες καὶ τὴν στοργὴν τῆς Μητρὸς Ἐκκλησίας διερμηνεύοντες, εὐχόμεθα ὁλοψύχως πᾶσαν παρὰ τοῦ ἐκ νεκρῶν Ἀναστάντος Ἀρχηγοῦ τῆς Ζωῆς σωτήριον δωρεὰν καὶ πασχάλιον εὐλογίαν.

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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2010, 06:58:54 AM »

And for those of us who don't read Greek? Embarrassed

Our Priest at the Greek Orthodox Church read it to us in English, and it was very powerful. Can you post it in English please?

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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2010, 07:35:21 AM »

And for those of us who don't read Greek? Embarrassed

Our Priest at the Greek Orthodox Church read it to us in English, and it was very powerful. Can you post it in English please?

Thanks.


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I apologize, but this is the Greek language forum you know  Wink
Anyway, here's the Patriarchal message in English:

"+ B A R T H O L O M E W
By the Grace of God,
Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch,
To all the Faithful of the Church:
Grace, mercy, and peace from Christ the Savior Risen in Glory

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Beloved brothers and sisters, dear children in the Lord,

Christ is Risen!

Once again, the sacred day of Pascha has dawned in full delight and splendor, dispersing joy, comfort, gladness and assurance of life to all faithful, despite the heavy atmosphere that prevails in our world on account of the multidimensional crisis with all its familiar painful consequences for our daily life.

Christ has risen from the tomb as divinely human; and humanity has risen with Him! The tyranny of death belongs to the past. The hopelessness of hades’ captivity has irrevocably gone. The only powerful Giver of life, having through His Incarnation voluntarily assumed all of the misfortune of our nature and all that it entails, namely death, has already “brought death to hades by the lightning of divinity,” granting us life – and “life in abundance.” (John 10.10)

This abundance of life, which was granted to us by the Risen Lord, is ceaselessly slandered and assaulted by the devil – indeed, these actions are the source of his very name – although he is now weakened, completely powerless, and entirely ridiculous. The devil slanders Life by means of the hubris that still prevails in the world against God, humanity and the creation. The devil assaults Life by means of the sinful tendency that exists within us like “old rust,” using this to entrap us either into tangible sin or delusional belief. Hubris is the offspring of that “rust”, while both comprise the sinister couple responsible for disrupting relationships within ourselves, with others, as well as with God and the whole creation. Accordingly, it is imperative that we purify ourselves of this rust with great attentiveness and carefulness in order that the profuse life-giving light of the Risen Christ may shine in our mind, soul and body, so that it may in turn dispel the darkness of hubris and pour the “abundance” of life to all the world.

This cannot be achieved by philosophy, science, technology, art, or any ideology; it can only be achieved through faith in what God has condescended for us human beings through His Passion, Crucifixion and Burial, descending to the depths of hades and rising from the dead as the divine-human Jesus Christ. It is also expressed in the sacramental life of the Church as well as through laborious and systematic spiritual struggle. The Church, as the Body of Christ, unceasingly and to the ages experiences the miracle of the Resurrection; through its sacred Mysteries, its Theology and its practical teachings, it offers us the possibility of participating in that miracle, of sharing in the victory over death, of becoming children shaped by the light of the Resurrection and truly “partakers of divine nature.” (2 Peter 1.4), just as in the life of every Saint in the past and present. The thorny weeds of passions growing within the depths of our heart, polluted by the rust of “the old self” (Eph. 4.22) must definitely be transformed as soon as possible in Christ, through Christ and for the sake of Christ and His living images that surround us – namely, our fellow human beings – into a bouquet of virtues, holiness, and righteousness. Hence, the sacred hymnographer chants in timely manner: “Let us put on the robe of righteousness, which is whiter than snow, and let us rejoice today in the day of the Pascha; for Christ, the sun of righteousness that rises from the dead, has showered upon us the light of incorruption.” The white garment of righteousness was given to us symbolically on the day of our Baptism; and we are invited to cleanse it continually through constant repentance, control of desires, patience in life’s pain, and relentless effort to fulfill the commandments of God, and especially the supreme commandment of love. In this way, we are able to participate in the cross-bearing self-emptying of Christ, in order that the Paschal gladness, radiant light, and joyful salvation may enter our life and world.

We address this from the Phanar, where we experience the suffering of Holy Friday and the light of the Resurrection, as we express to you the affection of the Mother Church, wholeheartedly wishing for all the saving gift and Paschal blessing of the Lord of Life, who rose from the dead.

Holy Pascha 2010

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To be read in churches during the Divine Liturgy, following the Holy Gospel, on the Feast of Pascha.


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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2010, 07:37:20 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2010, 09:49:54 AM »

And for those of us who don't read Greek? Embarrassed

Our Priest at the Greek Orthodox Church read it to us in English, and it was very powerful. Can you post it in English please?

Thanks.


Selam
I apologize, but this is the Greek language forum you know  Wink



Oops! My apologies. Embarrassed

Thanks for posting the English version anyway! Smiley


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