|Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes - Spiritual Nourishment for the Soul - April 2003||Last Modified April 8th, 2003|
The Faithful Children Of Christ's Holy Resurrection
The Eastern Orthodox Church and her faithful children are preparing to celebrate our Lord's Holy Glorious Resurrection, which will be on April 27th this year.
During these difficult times the best place for us to be is in Church, offering prayer and glory to our God, and participating in all of the services offered to us. As we continues to prepare ourselves during the rest of this period of Holy Great Lent, and reach the midnight hour of our Lord's Holy Resurrection, let us piously understand that Christ our Lord died for us so that death itself may not have any power over us, and may no longer be considered as a punishment, but an act of joy and everlasting life. Christ, our loving Lord, gave us a second birth at His Resurrection, so we have all become His faithful "children of the Resurrection" - in others words, children over whom death has no sovereignty.
"But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage; neither can they die any more; for they are equal to the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection" (St. Luke 20:35:36). Let us then be our Lord's faithful children, in practice, not just in theory, and seek to be like little children in humility and with love. Love for God and love for one another. Seeing that we are the children of the Resurrection of our Lord, we are then instantly transformed into the children of the Living God. Children of the Resurrection are children of the Cross and the empty grave, over which death has no more power.
Faithful children of the Resurrection love God, love to pray, and love to be in the house of our God! Then again, the children of the Resurrection love their neighbors, and at every hour want to share in the glory of the Resurrection with others. When we, as faithful children of our Lord, receive the light of the Resurrection in our hearts and minds, let us hold it with love and with faith, as well as offering to our God glory, honor and worship.
Let us all prepare spiritually to participate in the Holy Week services and the Passion of our faith of our Lord. Let us also remember that it's time to partake of the Holy Mysteries -Holy Communion - as well as to go to Holy Confession. Being ever faithful children of our Lord we should make every effort to go to church, when we may walk with our Lord to Golgotha, and stand next to Him during His hours of Suffering, as well as confess Him as truly our Lord and God, as did the Centurion.
The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is a glorious day, and our Lord is desiring us to be His faithful children, we should all humbly draw near to the Resurrected Christ with joy, strengthened by the knowledge that through Him we have, and shall have, everlasting life.
May all of us, the true and loving children of our Living God, behold and taste the Glorious Resurrection of Christ our Lord with joy, and with peace!
Christ Is Risen!
Truly He Is Risen!
In the Love of His Glorious Resurrection
+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Who prays for you!
Glory Be To God For All Things!
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