April 2001

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Fr. Antony PortraitChrist is Risen!

May God's richest blessings be yours in this most holy season! It is time to rejoice and celebrate. "Death is slain and we are endowed with life!" This is the Gospel preached by the apostles and their successors and which we continue to share with the world. The Incarnation, the Cross, the Grave, the Resurrection, the Ascension, the Second Coming -- all these constitute the Mysteries of the Christian Faith the course through our Orthodox veins. Our hope is Christ, our love is Christ. "In him we live and move and have our being,"

"Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice," St. Paul proclaims! Let your hearts and minds be filled with thanksgiving. Let the trivial darkness be driven away by the majesty and power of the Lord. Let all your petty concerns melt away for Christ is Risen and "fast-closed Eden has been opened for all."

In this bright season I pray that the Gospel will shine brightly in all of you.

With Paschal Love and Joy,

Fr. Antony