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Christ Is RISEN! Indeed He Is RISEN!

 

 

May 2024

Christ is Risen!

Indeed He is Risen!

We are now back into another Paschal Season for 40 days until Ascension. The feast of the Resurrection of Christ is the most important for us Christians. “Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness,” St. John Chrysostom summons up in his catechetical word on the feast of Pascha.

The joy of the resurrected Savior is appointed for every man on earth, but not all know about it and not all understand how to join in this common exaltation. The joy of the Feast must always be shared with all those we meet. It is good to share this spiritual joy which we experience with others. Although, it is possible to share only that which you have received yourself.

Therefore, to be truly able to give something useful to others to comfort their hearts, the joy of the Risen of Christ must fill our own hearts, at least to some degree. Much here depends on the path that we took during the Great fast, when we were preparing to celebrate the risen Lord, Pascha. Our goal was to have that deep inner experience during the Great fast, so that we would get a sense of our own imperfection, sins, infirmities. This is how we develop that true deep understanding of what Pascha is, because it is not just a remembrance of some past triumph of life over death, but a triumph in which every one of us participates, because, in having defeated death, Christ has again opened the path to the eternal Heavenly Kingdom for all of us. This is how we experience the true joy of Pascha.

It is good to remember all that we accomplished spiritually during the fast, we must hold tight to those accomplishments because the demons are there to trip us up. We relax a little when the Fast ends and we can easily lose all that we had gained during the Fast.

I pray everyone has a joyful Bright Week as we continue our journey to the Eternal. May the risen Lord be with us all!

Fr. Mikel

 

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Regular Services

Saturday: Vespers, 5:00 pm

Sunday: Divine Liturgy, 9:00 am

 

Address

1614 E. Monte Vista Rd.

Phoenix, Az 85006

 

Phone / Email

Fr. Mikel: 907-444-8545

Church: 602-253-9515

 

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This Week...

May 25, 2024

Tuesday May 28th Vespers and Wednesday May 29th Liturgy is canceled.

Bible Study/Class will still be Weds May 29th, 6pm.

The Backpack drive has begun for students returning to Whittier School.  You can sponsor a backpack for $30 See attachment.

 When parking please be courteous and do not block anyone in.  If the church lot is full you may park on the street or across the street at Bamboo Bakery.

During the summer months when you are traveling on vacation please don’t forget the church. Always remember to tithe, as this is very important,and an offering to God. The tithe goes into the operating budget to keep the church running, and in this way we are able to bring Christ to the community.    

Prayer, fasting, vigil and all other Christian activities, however good they may be in themselves, do not constitute the aim of our Christian life, although they may serve as the indispensable means of reaching the end. The true aim of our Christian life consists in the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God. As for fasts and vigils, and prayer, and almsgiving, and every good deed done for Christ’s sake, they are only means of acquiring the Holy Spirit of God. But mark, my son, only the good deed done for Christ;s sake brings us the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  All that is not done for Christ’s sake even though it be good, brings neither reward in the future life nor the grace of God in this.   St. Seraphim of Sarov

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Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church
1614 E Monte Vista Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85006