O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Conqueror is Risen!!!


Christ is risen, despoiling the attacks of Cosmos! Cosmos can attack as he pleases, be it an unfaithful spouse or a country invading your country, he cannot defeat Christ and Christ cannot be defeated by him. By surviving the attacks of Cosmos, Christ defeats him, for Cosmos has no power over Him. Cosmos is exposed as empty and nothing, impotent and a fraud, for Christ endured every attack of Cosmos, even to the greatest attacks, yet Christ survived because Cosmos has no power over Him. Cosmos is defeated because even his greatest attacks are impotent against the Immortal anointed with Divine Love. So whatever cross we continue to carry, be it the wounds caused by infidelity or the wounds caused by an invading army, we rejoice and celebrate for Christ is Our Conqueror and He is Risen!


ХТОС ВОСКРЕСЕ! ВОИСТИНУ ВОСКРЕСЕ!
ΧΡΙΣΤΟϚ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ! ΑΛΙΘΩϚ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ!
CHRISTUS SURREXIT! VERE SURREXIT!

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Cristo Ressuscitou! Em Verdade Ressuscitou!
Христос Воскрес! Воістину Воскрес!
Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!
Cristo è risorto! È veramente risorto!
¡Cristo ha resucitado! ¡En verdad ha resucitado!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

True Unrequited Love


"Sidrach, Misach, and Abdenago answered and said to king Nabuchodonosor: We have no occasion to answer thee concerning this matter. For behold our God, whom we worship, is able to save us from the furnace of burning fire, and to deliver us out of thy hands, O king. But if he will not, be it known to thee, O king, that we will not worship thy gods, nor adore the golden statue which thou hast set up." -Daniel 3:16-18 (From the 15th Reading at Vespers this evening).

As we keep vigil at the tomb, let us remember these words of the Three Holy Children, that they will serve God faithfully, regardless of what the Lord does for them. Whether the Lord blesses them or not, they will still serve Him. That is Love. That is the Love of God. That is the Love God teaches us. Let us remember this everyday, that those who love purely and selflessly like this will see the Resurrection that we behold at this evening's services.

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Sacrifice of the Bridegroom Because of Free Will


Today we celebrate the Passion of Christ more vividly than the other days of the year. We do so with an air of appreciation and awe, aspiring to live the same Divine Love, as well as Christ lived it. He is the Christ, the One "anointed" with the Holy Ghost, with Divine Love, and we are called to be icons of Him to the people He puts around us.

So many of the hymns today speak of the wondrous things that Christ did for His beloved, only to be tortured and killed by them. Such is the life of the Bridegroom. He gave his bride blessings, only to receive curses. He wanted her to have a wedding crown from him, but she gave him a crown of thorns and crowned herself with sin. He wanted her to live her life with him and worked to prepare a place for her, but she ran away like the prodigal.

All this because she has free will and he refuses to trample on that. He continues to live his sacrifice for her regardless of what she does. He, as bridegroom, gives himself to give Divine Love that proceeds from the Father to her and her to the Father. That is the sacrifice he is called to live. No matter how holy or unholy she is, this sacrifice is always needed. She cannot become holy without it and she cannot remain holy without it. She needs this sacrificial love constantly, more than air itself. Such is the life of the soul. As we heard in the first Passion Gospel, apart from Christ, we can do nothing.

This sacrifice of his is not for nothing. While it is bitter and unbearable while she rejects him for her life of sin, his endurance of this suffering is the sacrifice by which she is healed and restored to the purity she had before. The third day always follow with the resurrection. Divine Love is the Immortal. The sacrifice of Christ is efficacious because He survives death. He is victorious because He survives death. For as long as we endure in this sacrifice, seeing the Passion of Christ in our own suffering, we will survive and be victorious, for this Love expressed so perfectly on the Cross is the Immortal Love.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Mystical Supper of the Bridegroom with His Bride

On this holy day, the Church dines with Her Bridegroom, and He gives His own Flesh to Her for food, that they might be united in the flesh forever.


Вечери Твоея Тайныя днесь, Сыне Божий, причастника мя приими: не бо врагом Твоим тайну повем, ни лобзания Ти дам яко Иуда, но яко разбойник исповедаю Тя: помяни мя Господи во Царствии Твоем.

Of your mystical Supper, Son of God, receive me today as a communicant; for I will not tell of the Mystery to your enemies; I will not give you a kiss, like Judas; but like the Thief I confess you: Remember me, Lord, in your Kingdom.