Christ is risen! Hallelujah! Hallelujah to the Source of our hope and the Example of what our future holds! Hallelujah to the “the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor. 15:20). As the first-fruits, Christ demonstrated our future to us; He is the first and only example of what the resurrection of the dead will be. St. Paul teaches us that “what you sow is not made alive unless it dies” (1 Cor. 15:36). For this reason Christ took on the limitations of the flesh, and the mortality of humanity, so that he could overcome that death and resurrect in a glorified body. In so doing, Christ transformed humanity and allowed us to be sown and resurrect as the self-same but glorified bodies. Selfsame in this way: after the resurrection Christ ate as we do presently (Luke 24; John 21; Acts 1); glorified in this way: we also know that he appeared in rooms without the use of doors (John 20). The transformative result of the union of the humanity and divinity of Christ allows us, in dying, to be “sown in dishonor… raised in glory… sown in weakness… raised in power” (1 Cor. 15:43). He is the first and only reason that humanity has come to be immortal for “the first Adam was made into a living soul, the last Adam was made a life-giving spirit” (1 Cor. 15:45). It is us to whom Christ gives life so that “just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, we will also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Cor. 15:45). Thus we too shall emerge, by the power of God, in beautiful bodies which will reflect the glory of God alongside the rest of creation. So, in celebrating the resurrection of Christ, we celebrate the act of love that allows us to see God in the flesh even after our skin has been destroyed (Job 19:26). We celebrate the glorious future that has been bestowed upon us by grace. We will share in the Lord’s glory (Rom. 8:17) and become able to know Him fully and to see him face to face (1 Cor. 13:12). Hallelujah!
By: Ann Marie Toss
“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” (Psalm 118:6 KJV)
The Holy Week Schedule & this Year Theme is
No Pain, No Gain | The Road to Victory
Service starts 5:30PM
||Fr. Michael Sorial
(St. Mary & St. Antonious, Queens NY)
|The Fig Tree
||Very Rev. Dr. John Behr
(Dean of St Vladimir’s Seminary)
(St. Peter & St. Andrew, Stamford CT)
|Job & Judas
||Fr. Gregory Varghese
(St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Floral Park, NY)
||Fr. Andrew Awad
(St. Peter & St. Andrew, Stamford CT)
|The Cross & Victory
This letter is to inform you that this Sunday, April 21st, the Coptic Orthodox Church will be hosting a historical prayer meeting for the victims of violent attacks, nationally and abroad, at St Patrick’s Cathedral starting promptly at 6:30 pm. We expect all priests and deacons to be at St Patrick’s by 6pm. We require that priests bring the majority of their congregation as we stand united for the whole world to see. It is our right and duty to witness to the truth to the last drop of our blood. The heads of all major faiths and politicians will be invited. We are also inviting all media local, national and Coptic to attend.
Each Church is responsible for:
1- Announcing with diligence the importance of this prayer meeting and that participation is essential for the success of this event.
2- Organizing the departing time so that your group can arrive precisely at 6:15pm.
3- Organizing transportation for the day.
Under the Auspices of H.H. Pope Tawadros II and his partners H.E. Metropolitan Bakhomious and
H.G. Bishop David
You are invited to
the 13th. East Coast Family Convention (E.C.F.C)
“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much”
On May 25, 26, & 27 (Sat, Sun, & Mon)
Please go to http://familyconvention.org/ to register online.
Reservation after May 10th, please add $25.00 extra per room per night
You will receive your reservation confirmation by email.
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