Easter message from the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill
14/04/2012 · New documents , Patriarchal ministry
Easter message from the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill archpastors, pastors, deacons, monks
and all the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church
Beloved in the Lord your graces the hierarchs,
reverend priests and deacons, loving monks and nuns, brothers and sisters!
Spiritual triumphant in this great and glorious feast of the Resurrection from the dead Saviour of the world mentally beholding His procession from the tomb, all of you to draw life-affirming, full of inner strength, truth and joy irresistible cry:
Christ is Risen!
Radiant Passover night is the fullness of God's love to mankind, which the Eternal Son of the Heavenly Father, took upon Himself human nature, and healed him from the disease of sin, and went down to the hellish depths have broken the shackles of death, giving us an invaluable opportunity to unity with their Creator and Provider.
An introduction to this vsepokryvayuschey love the Lord, we become invincible weapon "against the rulers of this darkness, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph. 6, 12). We overcome the fear caused by the limitations of our human nature, and gain the ability to fearlessly to face any challenges. For the "no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4, 18).
It is no coincidence repeatedly proclaims the gospel of our Lord's words, spoken by Him for the encouragement, strengthening the spirit of his followers: "Be not afraid!" Fear of the future, fear of danger, the unknown, imaginary or real threats - that feeling znakomoemnogim. But the Lord is with us, if we do not reject it. And in the days of the glorification of His victory over death savior once again appeals to all of us: "Be not afraid, only believe!" (Mark 5, 36).
Let us conduct contrary to the spirit of the wicked of this world, will be visible proof of Eternal Truth. For, although now we are in conditions of social and religious freedom, the desire to live according to Christian moral standards still means the movement against the current. It detects a disagreement with the stereotypes of behavior and attitude justification of sin, which insistently and systematically incorporated into people's lives through modern means of influencing the mind.
Turning to the Lord, we will be able to get out of the spiritual emptiness and reigning in the world of selfishness, to see the light of the Resurrection, to perceive it as a guiding reference point in a Leading the heavenly city.
The source of strength in this movement to eternity so will be for us communion with a single Eucharistic chalice. Yes, we will enhance the grace of the Holy Spirit, giving our souls an integral world resistance in the belief in the virtues of prosperity.
Familiarizing the Body and Blood of Christ, we, in the words of Scripture, we become " partakers of the divine nature " (2 Pet. 1, 4), able to change their natural state. Through the Eucharist we are able to imitate all to Him who for our sake , "emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in men and likeness as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross" (Phil. 2, 7-8).
Moral and spiritual change itself is the main factor and the basis for the transformation of society, people of the country. It is impossible to improve on the whole, not perfecting his part. The right frame of mind of people of all ages, social and political groups directly determines the welfare of the Fatherland. From what will be our life vectors is dependent path of historical development of all countries of Russia, our Church, and the limiting value of - and all of God's creation, presentation to us by the Creator to protect and "keep it" (Gen. 2, 15).
I prayerfully wish all of you, my dear, sustained stay in the joy of the Risen Winner of hell and preizobilnoy help from above in your everyday work.
CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED!
PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA