Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Please join us on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm as we continue to celebrate the Feast of Feasts with the Paschal Vespers service.
1:00 pm – Agape Vespers
2:00 pm – Potluck Lunch
Agape Vespers is a Vespers service that continues the celebration of Pascha, typically held in the afternoon on the day of Pascha. At this service the Gospel reading (John 20:19-25) depicts the first appearance of the risen Lord to his disciples, and is recited in many languages (often as many languages as are known by those present in the congregation), symbolising that the glorious resurrection of Christ is proclaimed to all the nations of the world.
The Service of Agape (Agape meaning love in Greek) proclaims the real meaning of the Resurrection of Christ, which is love of fellow man, brotherhood among all men, especially in serving the needy. This Agape service remains as a reminder to all Orthodox Christians to proclaim the gospel of love and peace not only among their friends and relatives, but especially among their enemies and those with whom they have had disagreements. This agape is depicted in the hymn of our Church:
This is the day of resurrection. Let us be illumined by the feast. Let us embrace each other. Let us call
“brothers” even those that hate us, and forgive all by the resurrection, and so let us cry: Christ is Risen from the Dead!