Today is our Easter because of Christ’s sacrifice. Let us joyfully celebrate and renewed from our old sins proclaim: Christ has risen from the dead. (Sharagan)
Once again–through the hymn-writer’s words and our unwavering faith–we are sharing the angel’s joy–who with glittering appearance descended from the heavens and terrified the guards of Christ’s sealed tomb–declared the defeat of death–and proclaimed the glorious news to the oil-bearing women–saying: Christ has risen from the dead.
With the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ–we spiritually rejoice because through the ultimate expression of His love God reaffirmed His covenant with mankind. Following His example–with the same love–we open our hearts and proclaim: Christ has risen from the dead.
It is Easter again.
Once again–we remember that the Son of God sacrificed himself and shed His innocent blood for our sins. With His glorious Resurrection–He conquered death–shattered hell–and defeated evil in order to open up a path for a new life–a true life–and abundant life for us. He is the door–through which whoever enters and accepts Him–will have a life and a more abundant life (John 7:10).
The hymn-writer’s expressions are so inspiring: "Today is our Easter because of Christ’s sacrifice. Let us joyfully celebrate and renewed from our old sins proclaim: Christ has risen from the dead."
Today–the angels are descending from heaven and announcing the good news of the crucified Jesus’ Resurrection–and with His Resurrection–He granted us new life.
Today–the Risen Christ as a shining light of the Holy Church has dawned onto the horizon in order to glow and to brighten the lives of the faithful.
Today–as we open up our hearts–can we relive the blessed moment with the same joy that the oil-bearing women and the apostles experienced – when they witnessed Christ’s Resurrection – and later became courageous preachers for the victorious religion?
Are we ready to declare to the world that we are Christ’s true followers and trustworthy descendants of the same devoted and faithful people with the same courage–with the same warmth and intensity of the Christian faith–but renewed with the vows of our 1700th anniversary of Christianity?
Can each of us attest to the Christ’s Resurrection renewed from the old sins–by blocking evil–by overthrowing deception–by rejecting lies–by avoiding sluggishness and negligence–and by gaining control over distress and crisis–and to proclaim: "I saw the Lord"?
In our spiritual pilgrimage and service to our nation and church–as the flock of the good shepherd–do we hear His voice–He who is the door of the sheep (John 10:9)? Do we hear Him–who–as God’s lamb–sacrificed his life to save his flock?
On the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ–let us listen to the voice of the good shepherd–and as the members of His flock renew ourselves from old sins.
Let us lead our spiritual lives and national path with renewed commitment to our faith and "true life in God".
Let us expel all those who enter into our church and community life not from the door of the sheepfold–but by climbing through another way for plundering purpose. (According to John 10:1)
As faithful followers of our spiritual and national heritage–let us adopt goodness–truth and justice as the creed of our mission leading to victory.
It is with these thoughts and wishes that we convey our love and blessings to all those who serve in spiritual and secular capacities within our Prelacy–to all those who serve on our parish councils and committees–to all our schools’ educators who faithfully carry their duties–and to all our organizations and committees–and to our faithful people.
It is our prayer that we all realize that the Son of God sacrificed Himself for our redemption by spreading His immaculate arms over the cross and by the example of His victorious Resurrection we also conquer evil in our life and renew ourselves from old sins and declare: "Christ has risen from the dead. Blessed be Christ’s Resurrection."
Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian
Prelate–Western United States