April 15, 2012, Sunday
† Easter Passover (pp. 454-457 Tip.) (Vespers on the first day of Passover) (Tip. p 458)
Patriarchal and synodal Easter MESSAGE
"In him was life, and life was the light of men" (John 1:4).
Christ is risen!
Beloved in the Risen Lord the children of our Holy Church
On the morning of Holy Easter to all corners of the universe again spread the glad tidings of the risen God-man, the victory and triumph of life. And our joy is complete, and our hope Svetozar because "here, Christ is risen from the dead and the dead became nachatak" (1 Cor. 15:20).
In that unclouded hope and immutable faith in the risen Lord Jesus from the dead live and are saved by their witness to the world that "God is eternal life thou draw, and this life is in His Son" (1 Jn. 5:11) , that by God's grace we-created "resurrection of the dead and the life of the age" (Articles of Faith, 11-12). Pledge and did nachatakat this resurrection is our resurrection of Christ. Baptism received participants in the sacramental life of the Church, we become witnesses of Christ and in witnessing to His glorious Resurrection vsepobedno. Although the subject of human infirmities, to rescue us hope of resurrection and eternal life in the kingdom of the Father. While still in thrall to "heavenlies forces of wickedness" live free from the power of evil and death. With pure hearts and thoughts confess to the world, and behold, the Risen Christ, "the Alpha and Omega ... neizyasnimo beginning and end unattainable" (St. Meliton Sardi, word for Passover), that "Christ is risen and life vadvori!" (St. John Chrysostom, Eulogy for Passover).
To vadvori this life to grant us with him, Christ experienced suffering and death of the cross. Bury us in the cold and dark grave to lead us out of the way of light and life. It suffered only from love, because, as reported by the divine Evangelist: "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). And elsewhere adds: "God's love for us in this [and] appear, that God sent the world his only begotten Son, that we might live through Him" (1 Jn. 4:9). That is why the Church at all times believed and confessed that this all-encompassing love of God not only lies at the heart of God's creative impulse, but also a driving force of God's providence and economy of the creation. "Because - again the words of the evangelist - God sent his Son into the world to condemn the world but the world should be saved through him" (John 3:17).
As followers of Christ the Savior - His life cruciate suffering, death and resurrection - we too are called to show the love with which He loved us and gave himself no rest for us. Do not judge, but to forgive and to love others another. For everything to thank ever have before my eyes lumbar sufferings of our Lord, that He might redeem us and save to have life in abundance. Because, as He Himself said in His earthly days, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:35).
Brothers and sisters
Resurrection of Christ is the light that "light in the darkness, and darkness fell upon it not" (John 1:5). It shines the most deep and impenetrable darkness, he invariably draw strength for life - even when all hope seems extinguished. It illuminates our path and in the darkest night, distract us, even in the deepest distress, remove all desolation. It is the only true basis and our faith and our hope. Let us therefore live and are fighting as worthy witnesses of the Risen from the dead and adduced us from death to life our Lord Jesus Christ, and to become participants in His Resurrection!
On the morning of Holy Pascha paternally greet all the faithful children of our Holy Orthodox Church in the territory of our country and away from her - a desire for spiritual peace and overflow Paschal joy in the risen Lord and Savior!
The grace of the Risen Christ from the dead Lord be with you all!
Christ is risen!
CHAIRMAN OF ST. Synod
PATRIARCH BULGARIAN and Metropolitan of Sofia
MEMBERS OF ST. Synod:
† Vrachanski Metropolitan Kallinikos
† Sliven bishop Joanikij
† Vidin metropolitan Dometian
† Varna and Veliki Metropolitan Kiril
† In the U.S., Canada and Australia, Bishop Joseph
† West and Central Metropolitan Simeon
† Metropolitan bishop GREGORY
† Metropolitan Ruse NEOFIT
† Nevrokop Bishop Nathaniel
† Pleven Bishop Ignatius
† Starozagorski Metropolitan Galaktion
† Lovchanski Bishop Gabriel
† Plovdiv Bishop Nikolay
† Dorostolski Bishop Ambrose