Peace to you, dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are glad to greet you with Easter Greetings: Христос воскрес! Christ is risen!
May we bring to your attention the words of greetings from the Easter Message 2019 of our Bishop Vsevolod that were read today in all parishes of SELC during the Easter liturgy:
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it [John 1: 5]. These words from the very beginning of the Gospel speak very well to us about Easter. The hearts of the apostles and women marching to the tomb on that Easter morning were clouded: after all, their Lord and Master was dead.
In the unbelieving world proclaiming that “God is dead,” that is, that there is no God, or that He is not needed by a modern man who can be lived without God, we also sometimes feel that it is very difficult for us to endure the darkness around us.
But Easter morning comes, and we proclaim again and again: “Christ is risen.” And light dispels darkness in our lives, as it shone on the first witnesses of the resurrection. We rush to the church, where the resurrected Lord is waiting for us to strengthen us through the Word and the Sacraments — so that we would fulfill our designation and would be “children of light” [John. 12: 36] in the midst of sinful darkness.
Happy Easter, my beloved parishioners! Christ is risen!
And we wish you blessed Easter!
“Faith and hope”,
Siberia, Center of the world. 🙂
Please see attached photos from the Easter liturgy in Novosibirsk