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Monthly Message from Father Niko – April 2020


  “… in the hope of the Resurrection to eternal life…” – Prayer from the General Trisagion

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The evocative image of an empty tomb stirs up many an emotion in the hearts of all Christians. Knowing that a tomb, and its sense of finality, is empty, is a paradox that has perplexed humanity for many centuries. By human logic, it does not make sense! For all Christians, however, the empty tomb is an image which brings joy, happiness, peace, and much more. Perhaps the most important of them all, however, is hope.

“And lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” were words which Jesus uttered and thus, gave us hope. In His teachings, the Lord promised us that He was the way to eternal life, and an abundance of joy with God the Father. The destruction of death and life with God is a promise, one that brings with it hope, which is realized with the empty tomb. It merely requires a response from us to partake of it.

The Fathers of the Church said that in order for something to occur without, it must first happen within. At the time of Pascha, we ask ourselves if within us the tomb is empty, or if Christ remains in it still. Do we have hope in eternal life, and hope in the Resurrection? Is Pascha a mere cultural construct? If the tomb within us is empty, then hope will also exist within us. It is a hope that cannot be destroyed, and one which ultimately leads to life with God in eternity.

This hope is a gift of Pascha, no matter what form it is celebrated in. As disappointing as it might be to not attend church physically or receive communion, let us call to mind that the thief on the Cross never received in his life and yet was promised Paradise. Regardless of where we might be or what kind of access we have to the temple, the message is the same: the tomb is empty, and hope endures.

If we must be asked to wait to receive communion after this tidal wave of events allows life to go back to normal, let us remember that the hope that is within each Orthodox is still there, and very much alive! The Life brings hope. Let us receive and embrace it.

Wishing you a blessed Resurrection. Καλή Ανάσταση!

With hope in the Risen Lord,
Father Niko Bekris
Proistamenos

 

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The latest video in The Living God series with Justin Bosl – The New Covenant – is now available for viewing on the Resurrection YouTube channel. During the Coronavirus Quarantine, please post any questions you may have in the comments section, and Justin will reply with answers. Typically, Orthodox Christian Education is held live every… Read More

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Resurrection Parishioners,We’ve really missed seeing your friendly, smiling faces these past few weeks, so you and your family is cordially invited to join us for “Virtual Coffee Hour!” This is a great way to connect with your fellow parishioners on a video-conference hosted on the Zoom technology platform. Bring your coffee and lunch and connect… Read More

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Lenten and Divine Services are being live-streamed on the Resurrection YouTube Channel, and will be available for on-demand viewing. Week of April 1 – 8, 2020Wednesday, April 1: Presanctified Liturgy 6:15 p.m.Friday, April 3: Akathist Hymn 7:00 p.m.Sunday, April 5: Divine Services 8:45 a.m.Monday, April 6: Great Compline 7:00 p.m.Wednesday, April 8: Presanctified Liturgy 6:15… Read More

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Many of our Ministries are continuing to meet during the Coronavirus Quarantine by taking advantage of our many social/technology platforms. Here’s a list of what’s happening this month: Ladies Philoptochos SocietyTuesday, April 7th6:30 p.m. via ZoomPlease join us on Tuesday night for our regular monthly meeting. We will be discussing the impact of COVID-19 on our… Read More

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Dear Resurrection Faithful, We appreciate everyone who has continued to support the Parish during these unprecedented times. We thank Fr. Niko, our chanters, altar servers, and those who have volunteered to stream our services for helping us continue to stay connected to our Orthodox faith and each other. Ministry during this time cannot stop –… Read More

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Join Us – Tuesday, March 31st – 7:00 p.m.  In this time of sheltering at home, we are taking the opportunity to move our Bible study to a virtual meeting through video conference! We will pick up where we left off reading the Gospel of St Luke. Join our first video conference on Tuesday, March… Read More

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The Resurrection “Feeding the 5,000” Food Pantry was open to serve those in need in our community this morning – and our volunteers were great about doing things a little differently this week to reduce food handling and contact with others. Instead of having clients go through the line to select their items, they pre-bagged… Read More

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If you would like to light a 7-day candle or make a donation to the church while we are livestreaming our Lenten and Divine services, please visit our website at: cvresurrection.org and click on the online giving tab https://cvresurrection.org/new-online-giving/ to purchase a candle or give a gift. Your donations are needed to help us meet… Read More

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Our prayers are with you during this challenging and confusing time. By now you know of the order from the Alameda County Public Health department to shelter-in-place between March 17-April 7 to curb the spread of the coronavirus. We must stay strong and come together as a parish family. One way to connect is by… Read More

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As announced on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and in alignment with guidance from the Archdiocese of America and the Metropolis of San Francisco, participation by the Resurrection Faithful in services, until announced otherwise, will be virtually only, because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Lenten services and Divine Liturgy services are being livestreamed and available for worshippers… Read More

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Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, We hope you were able to join us for last night’s live stream of the Presanctified Liturgy on the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church YouTube channel – it was a beautiful and intimate service! We will continue to send out alerts at the beginning of each service as a reminder… Read More

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Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, Our prayers are with you during this challenging and confusing time. By now you know of the order from the Alameda County Public Health department to shelter-in-place between March 17-April 7 to curb the spread of the coronavirus. In alignment with guidance from the Archdiocese of America and the… Read More

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Spiritual Sayings

Our soul, as a spiritual, active being, cannot remain idle; it either does good or evil, one of the two; either wheat grows in it or tares. But as every good comes from God, and as the means of obtaining every good from God is prayer, those who pray fervently, sincerely, from the depths of their hearts, obtain from the Lord grace to do good, and, before all, the grace of faith; whilst those who do not pray, naturally remain without these spiritual gifts, voluntarily depriving themselves of them by their own negligence and spiritual coldness.

Merciful and full of love, She [Mother of God] manifests Her love towards Her Son and God in love for the human race. She intercedes for it before the Merciful One, and going about the earth, She helps men. Having experienced all the difficulties of earthly life, the Intercessor of the Christian race sees every tear, hears every groan and entreaty directed to Her.

With the hosts of angels, God’s messengers, with the Lord’s Forerunner, and Apostles, the chosen twelve. With the saints most holy, and with you, the Theotokos, we seek your intercession for our salvation.

You brought forth the Light, the Divine, which was before all time.

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