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The clergy and the faithful of the Holy Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, extend their prayers and love to our Father in Christ, His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH on the occasion of his Holy Name's Day (St. Joseph of Arimathea, Second Sunday after Pascha). May God grant him many years as our Father and Chief Shepherd.
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Pastoral Message for Great and Holy Pascha

Pastoral Message for Great and Holy Pascha
April 12, 2015

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, as is meet; and let the whole world, visible and invisible, feast; for Christ hath risen to everlasting joy. -- (from the 1st Ode of the Paschal Canon)

Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!

We greet you with great joy and love as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Resurrection of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. We are reminded by the hymn quoted above that the entire universe rejoices in this singular event which brings new life to all creation.  Even the current state of violence and hatred which plagues this world is shattered to pieces by the Lord’s descent into Hades and his resurrection from the dead. We ask all of the faithful to continue to pray for the two abducted bishops, Metropolitan Paul, and Archbishop Youhanna, and the victims of violence around the world, especially in Syria and in the entire region. The victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over the powers of death, and the hope of new life are indeed our only consolation during these troubled times.  The triumph of this Paschal season strengthens our faith and renews our hope.  Let us therefore rejoice with the heavens and celebrate with the entire universe on this, the Feast of feasts!

Praying that the Light of the Empty Tomb will bring us the joy and peace that can only come from above, I remain,

Yours in Christ,

+ J O S E P H
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archidiocese of North America

Feast, Saints, and A Thought for the Day

Commemoration of the Myrrh-Bearing Women, Pious Joseph of Arimathea & Righteous Nicodemus (April 26)

Verily, the angel came to the tomb and said to the ointment-bearing women, the ointment is meet for the dead, but Christ is shown to be remote from corruption. But cry ye, The Lord is risen, granting the world the Great Mercy. (Apolytikion in Tone 2)

Saints of the Day

Apostle and Evangelist Mark; Martyr Niki; Macedonios, patriarch of Constantinople ; New-martyr George

Thought for the Day

“With Thee, Lord, I will flee, that I may gain in Thy life in every place. The prison with Thee is no prison, for in Thee man goes up into Heaven: the grave with Thee is no grave, for Thou art the Resurrection!” -- St. Ephraim the Syrian

Current News & Events
Pascha Celebrations Around the Diocese - 04/20/15

All parishes were asked to submit photos of their Paschal Services. Our appreciation goes to the parishes who participated in this.

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