Easter Message 2017 by Patriarch Daniel of Romania

Iulian Dumitrascu – Basilica News Agency  – 12/4/17

The Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord, also known as Holy Pascha, presents us Christ’s victory over sin, hades and death.

Holy Pascha is therefore the feast of eternal life, of eternal light and everlasting joy in the love of the Most Holy Trinity.

That is why, during the Easter Night and the entire forty days Paschal period we chant the troparion: “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!”. We also sing: “Now all things are filled with light: heaven and earth, and the nethermost regions“, or “Let the heavens rejoice! Let the earth be glad! For the Lord has shown strength with His arm“.

We are called during these days of light, peace and joy received from Christ the Lord to manifest light, peace and joy in our family and society, especially by helping the sick, orphans, the elderly, the poor and those who are lonely and saddened. Let us not forget also the Romanians who dwell among foreigners. Let us keep them in our prayers and love.

On the feast of Holy Pascha, we wish you all good health and salvation, peace and joy, addressing you the Easter greeting: Christ is Risen!

† Daniel
Patriarch of Romania

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