|Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes - Spiritual Nourishment for the Soul - April 2007|
The Holy Fire : The Great Miracle of Holy Orthodoxy
Peace to your soul! May our Gracious Lord God always be with you today and always! In true Orthodoxy we have the wonderful revelation of how much our Lord Jesus Christ loves us, when He grants us His Holy Light known as the Holy Fire the Great miracle of Holy Orthodoxy and Christianity, on the night of His Holy and Glorious Holy Resurrection, and this light is offered to us every year at the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. This feast of feast is celebrated this year in the Eastern Orthodox Church at midnight on April 8th.
Very soon we well enter the period of Holy Week, which actually begins on the night of Palm Sunday April 1st, entering this spiritual pilgrimage in prayer, and witnessing as the week proceeds from the Holy Gospels our Lord's Passion, Crucifixion, and His Holy Glorious and Bright Resurrection. What a spiritually week it can become for us all when we fully participate in these services in prayer as a family praying together within our local parish church. It is as if we want to also consider in bringing our friends with us to also witness the holiness of this particular week that brings joy at the end of Holy Week indeed spiritually rewarding for us all.
So what is important for us all is that each of us should be in church praying during Holy Week, and that we should really rush to the Church and pray, and to go with our Lord to Golgotha! At the same time witness the washing of His feet, and as well as for us to receive a fresh spiritual anointing with the grace of Holy Unction that is celebrated on Holy Wednesday. Then again wouldn't be a great blessing for us to prepare ourselves in Holy Confession and to receive the Holy Mystery of Holy Communion at the Mystical Supper on Holy Thursday morning.
How can we have also forgotten our Lord Jesus Chris weeps for us, as our hearts in the belief of Him at times becomes weak, and do not at times realize who He is and what He offers to us always: His Resurrection and life everlasting for us all! Jesus wept if we remember at the tomb of St. Lazarus; make sure to attend this service previously on St. Lazarus Saturday celebrated this year on 31 March.
Our deep faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is needed on a daily basis for us all, and we really should allow our eyes of our hearts and souls to be open to behold the great many spiritual rewards that are available for us during this period of Holy Week, and especially as we anticipate with hope and love the feast of all feast in true Christianity His Holy and Bright Glorious Resurrection. This indeed is a glorious and holy feast, the center point of our Holy Faith, as we have the heart of it the sublime truth that Christ our Lord has Risen and continues to be with us and loves us all!
Perhaps at the same time during the period of Holy Week we can also consider in offering the following prayers: pray for those who are ill at this time, and pray for those who hate us and those that love us. Pray for the newly departed in the Lord, and pray for those who do not have the proper shelter and are homeless, and those who are hungry and are thirsty, and seem to have no source of relief.
We can also pray for those who are desperate for our love and understanding. At the same time we should pray for our church and those who administer it with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Then again we could and should pray for our parents, for all the children, our relatives, as well as our friends who live next door to us our neighbor.
Pray for peace of the whole world, and for the soldiers in war on a daily basis. Then again we can offer our humble prayer for those in the hospital, and those who are ill, as well as those in the nursing homes, and those in prison.
Above all let us pray that our Gracious Lord God will grant us worthy to receive the Holy Fire at the Holy Sepulcher, and at our local parish church. This is indeed a time for us all as individuals and as families as one loving Christian family to pray together.
Love to pray, and let us all go to Church with love, where prayer is shared and where we taste the heavenly Kingdom, as what is important that each of us enter the New Jerusalem, and pray, as well as offer our love for our Lord God who in return will bless us and bestow upon us so many spiritual rewards.
During Holy Week is the need for our devoted prayers, as we offer all glory and honor to Our Lord God, and we find ourselves too weeping and in sharing His sufferings! Then we finally find ourselves no longer weeping no more, for Christ shall rise from the dead and the gates of Paradise shall be flung open so all may flee from death to life in Christ our Lord.
May the Holy Fire the Light of Christ we receive at His Glorious Resurrection shine in our hearts and to know that our Lord God is with us always!
Christ Is Risen! Truly He Is Risen!
Humbly in the love of our Lord's Holy Resurrection,+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Who prays for you and with you!
Holy Pascha April 2007
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