Only one week ago, we were sitting in the darkness when the Church invited us to “Come receive the Light! Δεῦτε λάβετε φῶς!” One by one, we lit our candles and the Cathedral was filled with the Light of Christ. As the night went on, again one by one, we went home carefully holding our lit candles to bring the Light into our home and bless our home.
It seems like so long ago when we began our Great Lent Journey more than two months ago. In the past two months, and especially during Holy Week, many of us gathered in the Cathedral to pray as an Orthodox Christian Family. In fact as the weeks of Great Lent went on, each week more and more would gather until eventually the Cathedral was overflowing with people into the streets for Pascha. We held our candles high as we processed through the city on Holy Friday, and proudly shouted Christ is Risen - Χριστός Ανέστη on Pascha.
Now that we have completed Bright Week, why should everything “go back to normal” if ‘normal’ means not coming to Church? The pandemic is slowly fading away by the grace of God, and we are now free to enter into the Cathedral for every Church service. We no longer are forced to stay at home and watch services on our computer screen. Now is our chance to keep the flame that we lit on Pascha shining brightly not only in our homes, but in our hearts.
To assist you, I have extended the daily service schedule in the Cathedral so we can continue to gather as a family for prayer every day. No matter what day of the week, there will always be a service in the cathedral. Keep the light shining and come to Church as often as you are able. Just because Great Lent and Holy Week are over shouldn’t mean we stop gathering in the Cathedral. It shouldn’t mean we let our light fade until next year when we will light it fresh again.
In the early days of the Church, the faithful gathered daily to pray together, to support each other, and to lift each other up in a world that was often against them. The world is not always on our side. In fact more and more, the world is growing to fight against us and our way of life. Now is the time to kindle the flame in our hearts and come together IN THE CHURCH for prayer as often as we can.
Christ is Risen - Χριστός Ανέστη!