Once again this year, Pascha brought great joy!
This Pascha, Bishop DEMETRIOS of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago presided! Hierarchical Liturgies are always unique, but on Pascha, this Pascha, it was indeed a blessing! Although His Grace wanted services from the books (Papadeas), the Liturgy, though shorter, was longer! His Grace also brought a marvelous Psalti who was visiting from Greece. This young man was truly a blessing, although more was done in Greek than English.
The Divine Liturgy was followed by dinner with Lamb and "all the fixings." There were were, quite a gathering feasting at 3 am!! We all pitched in and the clean up was done in short order. In bed by 5 am, in enough time to get some rest before Agape Vespers at noon.
This year I was pleased to chant much more as I grow in this office in the church ... According to Vasili, our Protopsalti, I did very well at Agape Vespers (he told the lovely bride this!).
Now, all of those thing are indeed wonderful, but Katherine and I once again pondered the marvel that the whole world was "wrapped" in the Paschal Liturgy and prayers. This proclamation, truth and testimony went "round the world" as essentially the same liturgy, the same prayers, the same hymnody were prayed in many languages as each time zone was crossed. Think of it: where else would find such a thing? Add to that the fact that is proclamation is carried from generation to generation, and you begin to get a sense of what it means that the "deposit of truth" is guarded throughout the ages!
We are joined in Christ in a worldwide family! And, we, joined in that family do live for the life of the world in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Christ is risen!