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Pascha 2016

Through His resurrection, the divine Word rendered humanity — created in the image of God but wounded and stained by sin — incorrupt and deified, granting us once again the possibility of achieving divine likeness, of which we were deprived through disobedience. However, what does the feast of Pascha signify as the victory of life over death in a world of violence and war, especially in the name of religion and God? Many philosophers endeavored to find a solution to the problem of death and to overcome death with various theories. We Orthodox Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead and boldly declare the destruction of death. We have the joyful experience of the Church, that death was conquered through the resurrection of Christ. The fact that, in the Christian world, it is especially the Orthodox Church that preserved the divine Eucharist as the center of its life and spirituality is inseparably related to the fact that the resurrection is the nucleus of our faith, worship and ecclesiastical ethos. The most striking expression and interpretation of the resurrection as well as of its regenerative power is the image of the descent of our Lord Jesus Christ to Hades, as this is wonderfully depicted at the Chora Monastery in Constantinople. The Lord of glory descends to the depths of Hades, destroying its gates, arising victorious and resurrecting Adam and Eve in Himself, and in so doing resurrects the entire human race from beginning to end. Through the resurrection of our Savior, all of humanity has become one people, united in one body. Through His cross and resurrection, Christ definitively destroyed all existing hatred.
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Each year we seem to manage to get to fewer and fewer of the Holy Week and Pascha services. Since Val retired, and the introduction of toll roads, it has become too expensive to travel much, so we had reduced the number of services we go to, and went only on Good Friday and Pascha itself. We went to the Paschal Vigil at St Nicholas in Brixton, where, sad to say, the Easter kiss was omitted, for the first time in my memory. It was the Easter kiss that first got me hooked on Orthodoxy , and until this year it had part of the unbroken tradition of the Church of St Nicholas of Japan for the last 28 years. Some of the children fell asleep during the Paschal Vigil, so when everyone went into the hall for breakfast, Vusimuzi Nkabinda stayed behind in the church to keep an eye on them. On the way home from the Paschal Vigil, at about am the cops stopped us, and demanded that Jethro, who was driving, get out of the car. He asked why, and they said they wanted to search him. So he asked if we could go to the police station, because the place where we had stopped was a lonely one, under a bridge, where people are often mugged, and it has not been unheard of for robbers to dress up in police uniforms and then rob people. We got to bed at about am, and had to be up again at , when we went to fetch Alinah Malahlela from Mamelodi, and took her with us to Atteridgeville for the Hours and Readers service there. We met, as usual, in the African Orthodox Church AOC , which we use for our Sunday services at am, and the AOC people have their service at am, so the timing works out rather well.
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Each year we seem to manage to get to fewer and fewer of the Holy Week and Pascha services. Since Val retired, and the introduction of toll roads, it has become too expensive to travel much, so we had reduced the number of services we go to, and went only on Good Friday and Pascha itself. We went to the Paschal Vigil at St Nicholas in Brixton, where, sad to say, the Easter kiss was omitted, for the first time in my memory.

It was the Easter kiss that first got me hooked on Orthodoxy , and until this year it had part of the unbroken tradition of the Church of St Nicholas of Japan for the last 28 years. Some of the children fell asleep during the Paschal Vigil, so when everyone went into the hall for breakfast, Vusimuzi Nkabinda stayed behind in the church to keep an eye on them. On the way home from the Paschal Vigil, at about am the cops stopped us, and demanded that Jethro, who was driving, get out of the car.

He asked why, and they said they wanted to search him. So he asked if we could go to the police station, because the place where we had stopped was a lonely one, under a bridge, where people are often mugged, and it has not been unheard of for robbers to dress up in police uniforms and then rob people.

We got to bed at about am, and had to be up again at , when we went to fetch Alinah Malahlela from Mamelodi, and took her with us to Atteridgeville for the Hours and Readers service there. We met, as usual, in the African Orthodox Church AOC , which we use for our Sunday services at am, and the AOC people have their service at am, so the timing works out rather well.

The AOC had invited us to join them for Western Good Friday a month before, and we had done so, so we invited them to join us for our Easter, which the did. We had the Hours and Readers Service, as usual, except that the Hours of Pascha are different — shorter, with no reading of Psalms, and a lot of singing.

And in spite of the fact that only three of us actually knew the music, it sounded as though everyone was singing, and the singing filled the little church. We took Alinah home, and got home ourselves at noon. At lunch we had our Easter eggs scrambled, with bacon.

The road to Atteridgerville, traversed 4 times on Easter Stunday. We read the Gospel about Doubting Thomas in as many languages as we could find Bibles for and people who can read them. One year we had 17 languages, including Masndarin Chinese. About a third of the people in the congregation left at the beginning.

Vespers of Love — reading the gospel in different languages. In the Orthodox Church Easter Week is called Bright Week, and unlike other occasions, at Vespers during Bright Week all the lights in the church are turned up to the maximum, making the church look much brighter4 than usual. Agape Vespers at St Nicholas, Brixton. The Holy Doors are left open throughout Bright Week, and no kneeling is permitted in church between Pascha and Pentecost.

We took Fr Frumentius home, and got home ourselves at about pm. I estimate that this Pascha we must have driven nearly km, and spent about 10 hours of the previous 24 sitting in a car, travelling to and from services. In the course of that driving we saw at least four other vehicles driving through red robots at high speed. But this is misleading.

It is not usually speed alone that is the problem, but recklessness. The driver of such a vehicle has no chance to see if a vehicle is coming the other way, much less to stop to avoid it. I guess it was a blessed experience. We had our Paschal vigil in Madidi with Fr Markos where the 2 parishes of Soshanguve and Madidi agreed to combine the service. It was a great experience especially for some parishioners of both branches to experience the service for first time. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.

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