Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in America
Crossingville ― Edinboro, Pennsylvania
|Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!|
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks.
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"Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed."
(from St. John 20:19-20,24-29)
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord."
So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."
And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing."
And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
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From the Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
Enjoy all of you this Feast of Faith, receive all of you from the wealth of His kindness. Let no one bewail his poverty, for the kingdom is opened to all. Let no one weep over his offenses, for pardon has shown forth from the tomb. Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free. He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it. By descending into hell He made hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: "Hades from below was embittered to meet you!" (14:9)
It was embittered, for it was abolished. It was embittered, for it was mocked. It was embittered, for it was slain. It was embittered, for it was overthrown. It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains.
It took a body and met God face to face. It took earth and encountered heaven. It took that which was seen and fell upon the unseen.
"O death, where is your sting? O hell, where is your victory?" (1 Cor.15:55) Christ is risen and you are overthrown, Christ is risen and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen and life reigns. Christ is risen and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.
St. Thomas Sunday
The first Sunday after Pascha is also known as “Antipascha.”
This does not mean “opposed to Pascha,” but “in place of Pascha.” Beginning with this first Sunday after Pascha, the Church dedicates every Sunday of the year to the Lord’s Resurrection. Sunday is called “Resurrection” in Russian, and “the Lord’s Day” in Greek.
The icon is called "The Touching of Thomas" in Greek. The Slavonic calls it “The Belief of Thomas.” St Thomas no longer doubts!