“Come ye and receive light from the unwaning light, and glorify Christ, who arose from the dead”
Dear Parish Family and Friends,
Christ is Risen!
As I write this letter to you we are preparing ourselves to receive Christ on the Glorious day of His Resurrection. We are preparing ourselves to receive the “Fos”, the light of Christ, and then pass it to each other. As I thought about Pascha and receiving the light, I was reminded of the importance of light in our lives. As a father of three kids, who rarely pick up after themselves, I can tell you that walking around at night without light can be dangerous! At times it feels like I am walking through a minefield. The same is true when it comes to our faith. Walking around in this world without the light of Christ can be dangerous as well. Without Him the chances of stumbling and falling are much greater.
One of the most beautiful sights on the night of the Resurrection is seeing each of us pass the light to the other. As we do that, a once dark church becomes aglow with the light of Christ. I truly believe this is what we are called to do for each other. Having received that light, who is Christ, we are called to offer Him to others. We can do this either by word through inviting friends and family who have been gone for a while to come back home, or by deed, through our action of allowing Christ’s light to shine through us. No matter how we share Christ with others, it is our responsibility not to leave that light in Church but to take it with us. We are to take it with us allowing it to enlighten our steps and the steps of others.
As we continue our journey together to our Lord’s Glorious Ascension and the great day of Pentecost I pray that we hold on to the joy of Pascha. I pray that we keep a tight hold of the light of Christ that we have received. I pray that we do this so that as individual Christians and as a Church family our steps will continue to be illumined so as we walk together we continue to grow in the knowledge of our Lord.