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18.4.2014.

Easter

“THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE, LET US REJOICE AND BE HAPPY“

If you go to any cemetery you will find a lot of graves and on all monuments you can read; “Here lies ….. Born on ….. Died on ….”

But there is one grave, and the only in the all the world, that is different. It is the tomb of Christ. It has no remains, it lies empty. There is no monument on the grave. If there was, the monument would have these words:

HE IS NOT HERE, HE IS RISEN

CHRIST IS RISEN, brothers and sisters. We don’t use the past, we use the present tense in that declaration. We don’t say, “Christ was Risen”, we declare His Resurrection to be a reality of today. Christ is Risen today, and he is Risen among us.

The liturgies of this Holy week help us relive the suffering, death and the resurrection of Christ. We saw our Lord Jesus Christ crying over the tomb of Lazarus while he was raising him from the dead. We were spiritually present with thousands of people that welcomed Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, putting down blankets and clothes, throwing flowers and palm branches and singing:

“Hosana to the Son of David. Blessed is who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosana”

On Maundy Thursday we witnessed Judah betrayed Jesus Christ for only 30 silver coins. On Vespers Service, reading of the 12 Holy Gospels we brought to life memories on the life and death of our Lord Christ on the cross.

Good Friday is a very gloomy day in Christ’s life. On that day he was condemned to death and crucified on the cross. Those same people from city of Jerusalem that welcomed Jesus Christ only few days before, now were yelling:

“Crucify him, crucify him and let his blood be on us and on our children”.

That day shows all corruption and greed of the human kind. At the same time, on Good Friday, Christ is reminding us Christians of the great and unlimited love of God, who sacrificed his only son for the salvation of the human kind.

The perfection of Christ’s love is best described in his last words, where he is praying for the salvation of his killers:

"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."

The crucifying of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, became a symbol of Christ’s victory over sin and injustice and the symbol of all Christianity.

The Holy Orthodox church is teaching us that, the Christ’s resurrection is the foundation and the crown of the Christian religion. Without believing in Christ’s resurrection it’s impossible to be a Christian.
Our Serbian Orthodox people through their long history were and are now believers of Christ’s resurrection and are celebrating it with special respect and love. Easter is a day of happiness, day of peace, victory over death, day of love and forgiveness.

On this Holy day, we bless Easter eggs. Colouring eggs is the one of the most popular customs of the all Eastern Orthodox Christians. This custom dates 20 centuries back to Mary Magdalene. After Christ’s resurrection she travelled to Rome to spread the Holy Gospel. There she greeted the Emperor Tiberius with: “CHRIST IS RISEN”, and gifted him with a red coloured egg.  When Christians found out what Mary Magdalene had done, they too followed her custom and this has been done ever since to this day.

Let us all today celebrate this “Celebration among all festivities – the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

CHRIST  IS  RISEN  +  INDEED  HE  IS  RISEN   !!!

 


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