Always a Spiritual Focus, First
Dear Parish Families,
After the endless snows of this winter, we emerge into Spring and the promise of Spring. How appropriate that, this year, our Holy Week and Easter come earlier. And with the efforts of our fasting, and with the efforts of striving for spiritual growth and maturity, perhaps what we can
also do is regroup ourselves as a community and parish family.
Let’s take joy in our celebration of the actual Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is truly supernatural—and we can actually continue this reality of Resurrection by continuing our presence in Church, by bringing our families, and participating in not only our worship services, but also by enjoying the support of our church ministries for all ages, from youth to senior citizens, from Bible study and understanding the words of God, and from the rejuvenating, social interaction that enriches our lives.
It is always fascinating to look at holy Icons and see NOT the focus of the Icon, but to take a look at the backgrounds of the icons. For example, this Icon featured here is of Christ, during His time of Death, before the Resurrection: he spends three days, preaching to all the souls of those passed-away before him. This is called “The Harrowing of Hell,” in which those souls who listened to him were raised from the tombs of their deaths and brought with Christ into Heaven. You will see Christ is rasing both Adam and Eve from their tombs, while a crowd of souls looks on. I am always fascinated to look into the backgrounds of Icons, to see what is going on in the crowds of people and who are gathered there. Take another look at our Newsletter Cover photo, and see who’s
So, please be alive in our programs, both faithful and social. Let’s continue to see you and all gather together, as we progress to school graduations and our summer schedules.
—Faithfully, Father Samaras