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Christ is Risen!   Хрїсто́съ воскре́се!     Χριστς νέστη!

In our increasingly secular times, we are told that death is natural and we should accept it as such. A human being, an animal, even a plant is born, matures, grows old and dies. This is called the cycle of life. But from a Christian perspective, death is not natural. God did not create death. Death is the most unnatural thing in the world. God created humanity for eternal life, for an embodied life with God. It is only with human sin that death entered the world. Adam and Eve sinned by partaking of the ‘forbidden fruit’ and were subjected to death. Even so, death is not simply a punishment. When Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil they sinned against God. If they had eaten of the Tree of Life they would have become immortal. This may sound good, but it would mean that they would have lived forever with the stain of sin on their souls. To prevent this God subjected them to mortality in the knowledge that he would send his Son, Jesus Christ, to save humanity from sin and death.

Sometimes people think that the Christian belief that people’s bodies die, and their souls go to heaven to live with God. However, this is a pagan way of looking at things. For Christians, life is an embodied life, a life lived in union of soul and body. The separation of soul and body at death is unnatural. Therefore, when Christ comes at the end of time all the dead will rise to a new, embodied life, a life that will be eternal. This is what men and women are created for.

Christ’s resurrection is the origin of our salvation. The resurrection is not simply an event in the past. Rather, when we are baptized we become partakers of Christ’s death and resurrection. Just as Christ was in the tomb for three days, so we went down into the water of the baptismal font three times. And just as Christ was raised from the tomb, we were raised from the font to become partakers of a new resurrection life. We will not fully experience resurrection until Christ comes again, but we participate in this life here and now, especially when we received Holy Communion.

All of this means that Christ’s resurrection is not simply an event of the past. Every Easter we experience the joy of resurrection life. Easter lasts forty days but during those days we should never forget that Christ’s resurrection even though we are busy with daily life. 

Beyond this, every Sunday is a mini-Pascha in which we receive the Body and Blood of Christ in the sacrament of Holy Communion.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the heart of the Christian faith. It is, as St. Paul writes “…if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” But Christ is risen, and we share in this joy.

75th Anniversary – THANK YOU

Dear Parishioners:
Our celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the parish was a beautiful event in every respect. The day itself was a gift of ideal weather. We were lifted up and honored by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon and His Eminence Archbishop Michael, who celebrated the Liturgy with us, presided at the Anniversary Lunch, and addressed words of encouragement to all of us. At the end of the Liturgy Fr. John Bartholomew was honored by Archbishop Michael on behalf of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America on the occasion of his 30 years in the holy priesthood.
The deacons and subdeacons and altar servers made the services of the anniversary weekend both beautiful and orderly. The choir, led by Doreen Bartholomew, was perfect in its musically beautiful and prayerful singing.

Parishioners and friends came together in large numbers for the Liturgy, and attendance at the Anniversary Lunch reached more than two hundred. It was wonderful that clergy and parishioners from St. Seraphim’s Church in Sea Cliff and the Church of the Intercession in Glen Cove joined us for our parish celebration.

The flowers decorating our church for the Liturgy and the flowers adorning the tables at the Anniversary Lunch were a labor of love..

At the Saturday evening Vigil, we were led in worship by Archbishop Michael and enjoyed refreshments and fellowship in our Parish Hall after the service.
Thank you, dear friends and parishioners, for helping to make our Parish Feast and the 75th Anniversary of the parish a memorable and joyful occasion!
With love in Christ,

Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky

Church of Our Lady of Kazan 75th Anniversary (10/22/2017)

Dear Friends:

This year our parish observes the 75th Anniversary of its founding. We do more than observing this significant milestone – we celebrate it with joy and thanksgiving to God. On Sunday, October 22, on the Feast of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, the Divine Liturgy will be concelebrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, and His Eminence Michael, Archbishop of New York and New Jersey. The greeting of the bishops as they enter the church will be at 9:30 am. Please do not be late!

The liturgy will be followed by a festive anniversary lunch at the Sea Cliff Manor on Bryant Avenue, within walking distance of our church. See information on the response card. Please respond no later than October 1.

I wish to emphasize the importance of your full participation in the Liturgy and the anniversary lunch. On the day we celebrate our 75th anniversary as a parish, let us come together as a community of faith and mutual love. The two dimensions of the day are deeply connected. The Divine Liturgy brings us together in the Holy Eucharist, gathered around our bishops to give thanksgiving to God for 75 years of Christian ministry. The anniversary lunch brings us together in joyful fellowship. May the celebration of our 75th anniversary open for us the future of our mission and ministry as an Orthodox Christian community.

With love in Christ,

Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky