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Christ is Risen!

HOLY PASCHA

The Resurrection of Our Lord 

 

Pascha (Easter)

Enjoy ye all the feast of faith; receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness.
(Sermon of St John Chrysostom, read at Paschal Matins)

     The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the center of the Christian faith. St Paul says that if Christ is not raised from the dead, then our preaching and faith are in vain (I Cor. 15:14). Indeed, without the resurrection there would be no Christian preaching or faith.      

     The disciples of Christ would have remained the broken and hopeless band which the Gospel of John describes as being in hiding behind locked doors for fear of the Jews. They went nowhere and preached nothing until they met the risen Christ, the doors being shut (John 20: 19). Then they touched the wounds of the nails and the spear; they ate and drank with Him. The resurrection became the basis of everything they said and did (Acts 2-4): “. . . for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have” (Luke 24:39).

     The resurrection reveals Jesus of Nazareth as not only the expected Messiah of Israel, but as the King and Lord of a new Jerusalem: a new heaven and a new earth.

     Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. . . the holy city, new Jerusalem. And I heard a great voice from the throne saying “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people. . . He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away (Rev. 21:1-4).

     In His death and resurrection, Christ defeats the last enemy, death, and thereby fulfills the mandate of His Father to subject all things under His feet (I Cor. 15:24-26).

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing (Rev. 5: 12)      Read the rest HERE

 

 

 Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those who hate Him flee from before His face (Ps. 68:1)

As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish; as wax melts before the fire (Ps. 68:2a)

So the sinners will perish before the face of God; but let the righteous be glad (Ps. 68:2b)


This is the day which the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps. 118:24)

 


Paschal Greetings
from around the world

English
Christ is risen!
Indeed He is risen!
Greek
Christos Anesti!
Alithos Anesti!
Church Slavonic
Christos Voskrese!
Voistina Voskrese!
Arabic
Al Massieh Kahm!
Khakken Kahm!
Latin
Christus Resurrectus est!
Vere Resurrectus est!
Romanian
Hristus A Inviat!
Adeverat A Inviat!
Finnish
Kristus Nousi Kuolleista!
Totisesti Nousi!
Spanish
Cristo ha resucitado!
En verdad ha resucitado!
Ethiopian
Christos tenestwal!
Ewnetem tenestwal!




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     We are a family church of many cultures with intergenerational worship; we have a full liturgical life throughout the Church year, with many opportunities for joyful fellowship and enduring growth. Our vision is to “manifest the Kingdom of God by proclaiming and living the Orthodox Christian Faith.” Orthodox Christianity is for everyone — come and see!

 

     Located at the north end of California's San Joaquin Valley, St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church is dedicated to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to His promise of salvation to all mankind. The services of our mission-parish are located in the heart of Merced.

 

     Committed to serving Christ and His Holy Church, the people of St. Mary Magdalene welcome and encourage all visitors to be our guests, especially those who are truly seeking the path of salvation. 

 

 

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     St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church holds services at the Chapel of Mercy Outpatient Center (also called "Dominican Campus") located at 2740 M Street, Merced, CA 95340, between 27th Street and Bear Creek Drive.  The entrance to the chapel is from the Bear Creek Side (north side). Go to the Driving Directions page for a map and detailed directions. HERE.

 




Saint Mary Magdalene
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"The Good News of the Annunciation"
Mar 26, 2017
"Triumph of the Heart"
Mar 12, 2017
"Live this Victory in Christ"
Mar 05, 2017
 
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