Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis is the Proistamenos of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Fr. contributes the Prayer Team Ministry, a daily reflection, which began in February 2015, has produced two books, “Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections on Advent, the Nativity and Epiphany” and “The Road Back to Christ: Reflections on Lent, Holy Week and the Resurrection.”
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team.
The Journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Christ
He has risen. Mark 16:6
Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered, and let those who hate Him flee from before His face.
Today a sacred Pascha has been revealed to us; a Pascha new and holy, a Pascha mystical, a Pascha all-venerable, Pascha the Redeemer Christ Himself; a Pascha that is blameless, a Pascha that is great, a Pascha of believers, a Pascha that has opened for us the gates of Paradise, a Pascha that sanctifies believers all.
As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish, as wax melts before the fire.
Come now from that sight, O you women and heralds of good news, and say to Zion, “Receive from us the joyful tidings of the Resurrection of Christ. O Jerusalem, be exultant, dance and leap for joy, for you have witnessed Christ the King coming forth as a Bridegroom from the sepulcher.”
So shall the sinners perish from the face of God. And let the righteous be glad.
The myrrh-bearing women at dawn very early, standing outside the tomb of the Giver of Life, found and Angel who was seated upon the stone. And the Angel addressed them, and this is what he said, “Why do you seek among the dead the One who is alive? Why do you grieve as though corruptible the Incorrupt? So go back and proclaim it to His Disciples.”
This is the day the Lord made; let us greatly rejoice and be glad therein.
Pascha of delight! Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha! A Pascha all venerable has risen from us. Pascha! With joy let us embrace one another. Pascha, ransom from sorrow! Today from the sepulcher Christ emerged resplendently as from a bridal chamber, and the women He filled with joy, saying, “Proclaim this to the Apostles.”
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Both now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
It is the day of the Resurrection. Let us shine brightly for the festival, and also embrace one another. Brethren, let us say even to those who hate us, “Let us forgive everything for the Resurrection.” And thus let us cry aloud, “Christ is Riven from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.”
(From the Matins of the Resurrection, Trans. by Fr. Seraphim Dedes)
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!
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