Pastor's Easter Message
Christians gathered throughout the world today are celebrating Holy Pascha, or the glorious feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Following the tumultuous events that unfolded over the prior few days, which culminated in the crucifixion and burial of Jesus of Nazareth, the Gospels tell us that is was a moment of wonderment and great awe for the small number of people that became the first witnesses of the resurrection that day.
Yes, the encounter with the resurrected Lord, and the “proof positive” that he had indeed been raised back to life meant a lot to the people who experienced it: Mary Magdalene, the other Myrrh-bearing women who went to the tomb early on Sunday morning, Peter and John and the rest of the twelve and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
A lot can be said, and has been said, about the Holy Resurrection of our Lord – historically, theologically and inspirationally.
Today, as we are gathered together to celebrate the Resurrection Feast with joy, I wanted to take a moment to contemplate together what meaning the resurrection has for our personal lives today.
Dearly beloved children of God, we all have the special privilege and honor of being comforted, inspired and instilled with joy today by the Holy Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is my prayer that the resurrection of Christ would today bear witness to us that God is on our side in spiritual battles, that he has defeated death and it no longer needs to be an object of fear and that we no longer need to be so concerned about what happens to us during this life.
This Easter, let’s each and every one of us praise Jesus our Lord for his triumphant resurrection. May it bring peace to our world, strength to his Holy Church and salvation to our souls, to the glory of his holy name.
Քրիստոս յարեաւ ի մեռելոց: Օրհնեալ է յարութիւնն Քրիստոսի:
Christ is risen from among the dead. Blessed is the resurrection of Christ.
Fr. Stephan Baljian
Holy Pascha, April 2022