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Message from Father

Fr Niko 

“… just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

– Romans 6:4

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

One of the things I love most about living in the East Bay is the weather.

I recall the day that my family and I came to look for houses in Castro Valley.  It was autumn, and the foliage of the leaves had changed into spectacular hews of orange, yellow, and red, something I had not seen in San Francisco!  As time passed, I enjoyed the winter and the summer as well, and especially the season which perhaps typifies this area most, the spring.  Each season did bring its own character, and yet somehow the weather in this part of the Bay Area always seems to be hugging spring, coming closer and closer each day.  It makes for wonderful feelings of renewal within my life, as I’m sure it does for all of us.

Another aspect which I love about beautiful spring weather is that it often coincides with Holy Pascha.  After spending nearly fifty days in remembrance of the Lord’s sacrifice- His preaching, His passion, His death on the cross- we then celebrate the victory over death and triumph of life!  Given that Easter tends to land each year in the spring, it is as if all creation celebrates His Resurrection with us (my mother was fond of saying her lilacs would bloom each year on Orthodox Easter, NOT on Western Easter!).  There is something very appropriate about seeing blooming flowers, clear skies and warm weather, which allows us to celebrate the Lord’s feast outdoors each year!

This same feeling of renewal and beauty is something that we take with us each day of our lives as Orthodox Christians.  In his letter to the Romans, Saint Paul likens our walk with God in our lives to the Lord’s Resurrection, saying that as He was raised, so too must we “walk in newness of life.”  Whether we realize it or not, the newness of life we see all around us during spring is the same renewal which is within all baptized, chrismated members of the Body of Christ.  When we are baptized, we become something more, a new creation, which blossoms in our hearts after the winter of the “old creation.”  This spring continues when we pray, receive the sacraments, and are active in our relationship with God.  He has allowed us already to participate in His death and Resurrection through our baptism, and the spring exists within us this very moment if we allow it to!  It is the Lord who provides nature’s blossoms each spring, and it is the same Lord Who provides the blossoming of our soul as Christians every day of our lives.

Let us remember how much He loves us and wants us to experience this beautiful renewal during this season of the Resurrection and every day.  Let us remember that He stands ready to help us in our challenging times and rejoice with us in good times as well out of His love for humankind.  The Lord is Risen, indeed!

Χριστος Ανεστη!  Christ is Risen!

With love in the Risen Lord,

 

With love in the Risen Lord,

 

 

Father Niko Bekris
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Fr. Niko Bekris

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On March 17, our Young Adults gathered for a Paraklesis service to St. Patrick.  It was a special moment for all Young Adults as they got to hear the Odes and Troparion of St. Patrick for the first time. After the Paraklesis, they enjoyed dinner and discussion meeting one another and catching up! See you… Read More

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On Sunday, March 25th, the Youth Choir performed the following pieces in honor of the Annunciation to the Theotokos AND Greek Independence Day: Τη Ηπερμαχο, the Greek National Anthem, and the United States National Anthem. Their choir director is Chris Hondros. Please support our dance groups and make your reservations for the May 5th Glendi!! See Flyer for more… Read More

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A Pascha of delight; a Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha; an all-venerable Pascha has dawned for us; a Pascha on which, let us embrace one another with joy.

He is not here, He is Risen.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…

O Christ, Who destroyed Hades and raised up mankind by Your Resurrection, make us worthy with purity of heart to praise and glorify You.

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