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The Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad
To Archpastors, Pastors, Monastics and God-loved Flock


(Scroll down for Russian version of this epistle.)


CHRIST IS RISEN!

I express my heartfelt greetings to you my brother archpastors, dear in the Lord fathers, brothers and sisters, on this holy, brightest and all-joyous day of the Resurrection of Christ, and in the name of the Three-day Risen God, the Lover of Mankind, extend to you the embrace of Paschal rejoicing and fraternal love! Bowing down to Christ, the Giver of Life, together with the entire Church, I fervently pray for His mercy, that He grant us the unearthly, desired peace that He gave His disciples, and blesses our prayerful and fraternal communion in His name.

Christ is Risen! These were the first words with which the Most-Blessed Mother of God, the Apostles, the Women Myrrh-Bearers and other followers of Christ greeted each other, when, after the heavy torments, crucifixion, death and the burial of the Savior, they first learned of His Resurrection. Some brought forth this joy, saying “Christ is Risen,” and others responded: “The Lord is risen indeed” (Luke 24:34). And now, as then before the Early Church, the Resurrected Christ Himself stands before us. We, “having beheld the resurrection of Christ,” gaze upon His glory with our mind’s eye, hearing, as did the Myrrh-bearers, His sweet words, “Rejoice.”

How much hope is offered to us by this call of the Savior, how much light it showers upon our souls, wiping away our tears of sorrow, temptation and tribulation! It is the Paschal joy with which martyrs bolstered themselves as they toiled in prisons and labor camps, the Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church whose lives we continue to prayerfully commemorate and praise in this hundredth anniversary of the tragic events of the murder of Hieromartyr Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev and Archbishop Andronik of Perm, the Royal Passion-Bearers and Holy Grand Duchess Elizabeth and Nun Barbara. Carefully examining and lovingly kissing their lives, works, sufferings and deaths, even while rejoicing in the depth of our souls for the Resurrected Christ, let us try to emulate our beloved martyrs in their staunch faith, spiritually enriching ourselves through the veneration of their memory, patiently and humbly bearing our own life’s cross. As Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky wrote, “where there is the cross, there is also resurrection.” He was even during his lifetime revered as a defender of Orthodox Christianity by the brethren of St Alexander Nevsky Lavra, where he is buried.

Lifting up prayers of gratitude to God for His abundant mercies, blessings and guidance, which we were fortunate enough to hear during Great Lent, and which we continue to receive from the All-Merciful Hand of the Almighty as He shines forth from His Tomb, we piously beseech our Holy New Martyrs and Confessors to help us preserve our temple. This temple, unmade by hands, is comprised of the souls of our flock in the Fatherland and the souls of the children of the wanderers who had lost everything, scattered throughout the world, and the other flock of our Mother Church, living in purity, chastity and sanctity, even as we live in Christ, in prayer and in the Mysteries of the Church, without which it is impossible for us to attain salvation.

And so, heeding the call of the Resurrected Savior, let us all rejoice, let no one remain in sorrow, for “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Amen.

With Paschal joy in the Resurrected Christ,

+ Hilarion
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Pascha of Christ 2018.

архипастырям, пастырям, монашествующим и всей боголюбивой пастве


ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕСЕ!

Сердечно приветствую вас, собратья-архипастыри, дорогие о Господе отцы, братья и сестры, с этим святым, пресветлым и всерадостным днем Христова Воскресения и, во имя тридневно Восставшего Человеколюбца-Бога, простираю ко всем вам целование Пасхального ликования и братской любви! Покланяясь вместе со всей Церковью Христу-Жизнодавцу, горячо молю Его благость, да дарует Он нам тот неземной и вожделенный мир, который Он оставил ученикам Своим, и благословит наше молитвенное и братское общение о имени Его.

Христос Воскресе! Это были первые слова, которыми радостно приветствовали друг друга Преблагословенная Богородица, апостолы, жены-мироносицы и другие последователи Христовы, когда, после тяжких страданий, распятия, смерти и погребения Спасителя, получили первую весть о Его Воскресении. Одни приносили эту радость, говоря «Христос Воскресе», а другие отвечали: «яко воистину воста Господь» (Лк. XXIV, 34), воистину Воскресе Христос! И ныне, как и тогда перед всей Первенствующей Церковью, стоит перед нами Сам Воскресший Христос. Мы, как «воскресение Христово видевшие», созерцаем славу Его своим мысленным взором, слышим, как и мироносицы, Его сладчайшие слова «радуйтесь» (Мф. XXVIII, 9).

Сколько надежд подает нам этот призыв Спасителя, сколько света он проливает в наши души, отирая слезы переживающих скорби, искушения и испытания! Именно Пасхальной радостью неослабно укреплялись страдальцы, томившиеся по тюрьмам и горьким работам узники, мученики и исповедники Церкви Русской, чью память мы продолжаем молитвенно отмечать и прославлять в нынешнем году столетия трагических событий убиения священномучеников Владимира, митрополита Киевского, и архиепископа Пермского Андроника, Царственных Страстотерпцев и преподобномучениц великой княгини Елизаветы и инокини Варвары. Внимательно изучая и с любовью лобызая их жизнь, труды, страдания и смерть и, в глубине души своей радуясь о Христе Воскресшем, будем стараться подражать нашим родным мученикам в их крепкой вере, духовно обогащаться почитанием их памяти, терпеливо и смиренно нести свой жизненный крест, ибо «где крест, там и воскресение», пишет Феодор Михайлович Достоевский, еще при жизни почитавшийся защитником Православия братией Александро-Невской Лавры, где и погребен.

Вознося ныне благодарную молитву к Богу за щедрые милости, благословения и назидания, которых мы удостоились за время Великого поста и продолжаем получать от Всещедрой Десницы Вышнего, воссиявшего ныне из гроба, мы благоговейно просим наших святых новомучеников и исповедников, чтобы они помогли сохранить нерукотворный храм душ отечественной паствы, душ потомков потерявших все дорогое скитальцев, рассеянных по всему свету, и всех чад нашей дорогой Матери-Церкви в чистоте, благочестии и святости, в пребывании со Христом, в молитвах и церковных таинствах, без чего невозможно нам получить спасения.

Итак, помня призыв Воскресшего Спасителя, все радуйтесь, никто не оставайся печален, ибо «сей день, его-же сотвори Господь, возрадуемся и возвеселимся в онь». Аминь.

С Пасхальной радостью о Христе Воскресшем,

+ ИЛАРИОН,
Митрополит Восточно-Американский и Нью-Йоркский,
Первоиерарх Русской Зарубежной Церкви.

Пасха Христова 2018 г.

July Archpastoral Visitation

The next Archpastoral visitation of His Grace Bishop Irenei will be from 4th - 23rd July. Below is an outline confirmed visitations on that stay. 

  • 6th-8th: Commemorative Festivities of the Holy Royal Martyrs on the Isle of Wight.
  • Thursday 12th: Feast of Sts Peter & Paul:Venue to be announced.
  • Saturday 14th: DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: To the miraculous well of St Margaret and St Frideswide in Binsey (near Oxford), with Divine Liturgy in the ancient church at 9.45 a.m. followed by moleben at the Holy Well. His Grace will chair a meeting of the Diocesan Council this day as well. At 5.00 p.m., Vigil at the Diocesan Cathedral.
  • Sunday 15th: 9.45 a.m.: Greeting and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (10.00) at Dicoesan Cathedral.
  • Monday 16th: 6.00 p.m.: Vigil of the Feast (Diocesan Cathedral, lower Church).
  • Tuesday 17th: Feast of the Holy Royal Martyrs (Altar Feast of Cathedral lower Church): 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast, followed by a luncheon in Cathedral Hall in honour of Feast and the 100th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Royal Family.
  • Wednesday 18th: Royal Martyrs Sts Elisabeth & Barbara: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Cathedral.
  • Saturday 21st: Kazan Icon of the Theotokos, the Altar Feast of the Cardiff Parish: 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Cardiff.  Reception to follow Liturgy.
  • Sunday 22nd:Altar Feast of St Elisabeth, Wallasey: 9.45 greeting of the Bishop, 10:00 Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Wallasey, with Cross Procession and veneration of relics of St Elisabeth and St Barbara. A Garden Party will follow the Liturgy.

Spiritual talks will be scheduled during the visit. As ever, those wishing to meet formally with the Bishop are invited to contact the Diocesan Chancellor, Archpriest Paul Elliott, to have a meeting added to the calendar, or to approach Bishop Irenei directly during his visit to speak personally.

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