Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Pascha
On behalf of the AHEPA District 6 Lodge and tomorrow on Palm Sunday we wish you a Blessed Holy Week and a Kali Anastasi kai Kalo Pascha!! This is a special time and regardless of the adversities thrown on us, a time to give thanks. Pascha/Easter next Sunday for us is a celebration of the day of the Resurrection of Christ. It is the greatest and oldest feast in the Christian Calendar, the core fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith, and central in all the books of the New Testament and in the Creed of the faith. For us Orthodox there is no greater feast than Easter including the feast of the Nativity (Christmas) and why in the Hellenic it is also called “Lambra”, the brightest day of all.
The reasons for its preeminence are many, including as stated by St. Paul in the First Epistle to the Corinthians - “If Christ is not raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain." 15:14). Although the Passion is observed by the Orthodox with the depth and significance that befits Christ’s supreme sacrifice, it is His Resurrection that binds the redemption issued from the Cross for us. Have a glorious Holy Week even if sadly it is virtual this year. I believe in many ways this year will allow us to contemplate perhaps more so on the importance of family and friends, Holy Week and Pascha in our lives and faith. God Bless, stay safe, and Kali Anastasi kai Kalo Pascha!!
Brother Lou Katsos
AHEPA District 6 Governor **As a reminder
Tomorrow at 7 PM during 60 minutes on CBS they will air the Resurrection of St. Nicholas. The write up is as follows - From the ashes of Ground Zero, the small Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas is slowly being rebuilt as both a church and national shrine. After years of overcoming obstacles, the church’s reopening scheduled for next year is serving as both a beacon and some kind of miracle. Scott Pelley reports. Ashley Velie and Dina Zingaro are the producers. We hope you take the opportunity to watch this 60 Minutes segment. Importantly the segment falls tomorrow on our Palm Sunday, on Easter Sunday for our fellow non-Orthodox Christians and during Passover and St. Nicholas the only religious edifice to fall on 9/11 and its completion should be an inspiration to all people of faith.