GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA!
Christ is risen! Truly he is risen!
Father Alexander Schmemann called our Orthodox Paschal celebration “an explosion of joy”. Words are inadequate to describe the services. They speak for themselves. (Every time I preached on Pascha I wished I hadn’t. This year my Pascha sermon will consist of: “Christ is risen!” ‘Truly He is risen!”)
Here are a few Paschal videos. (I assume you know that to go “full screen” and back, just poke the little square at the lower left of the video.) The first is by far the longest, so don’t give up. Please do not miss the last two – from a shopping mall in Beirut, Lebanon, and from the air in Athens, Greece.
Thank God for our Holy Orthodox Church! And thank God for the internet. For one thing at 4 p.m. CDT today, I can watch the beginning of the Paschal celebration live from Athens. (So I c’n I eat chocolate at 4 p.m. then…?)
Here is Holy Pascha at:
Saint John the Baptist Church (Greek), Tampa, Florida: No, the video hasn’t failed: Minutes three to ten are completely in the dark.
Saint Symeon Church (OCA), Birmingham, Alabama, 2015, presided over by their Bishop. This is one of the best “small church” choirs I have ever heard.
Vatopedi Monastery, Mount Athos:
The Paschal Troparion
Next to last (I love this more every time I see it):
A Flash Mob in a Shopping Mall in Beirut!
Finally, Pascha in Athens. Yes, those are fireworks.
Oh, thank God for our Holy Orthodox Church!
A blessed, holy, happy Pascha Season to you.
Enjoy your meat, fish, cheese, eggs, milk, wine and oil…and chocolate.
Thank you to so many of you for following this Blog all week. I know this was a whole lot to keep up with. (If you wish, it’s legal to go back and look at what you missed.)
Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
Pascha morning: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
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Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! God Bless You, Father Bill, for reminding us and, for me especially, teaching us more about the Orthodox Holy Week. Kalo Pascha!! Enjoy your chocolate.