Christ is Risen!
Anniversary of the parish!
Christ is Risen!
Our parish greets you with the Holy Feast of Christ's Resurrection!
We wish you many God's blessings for every day in your lives!
Father Paul Iwaczewicz, Father John Knox and Father Dmitry Amelchenko have expressed their warm greetings with Holy Pascha to our parish!
Thank you, dear Fathers! Christ is Risen!
We currently have special collections for the travelling clergy!
We also have active candle sales and will mail candles to you if you would like (please, provide us your mailing address by responding to this e-mail).
Checks can be mailed to: PO BOX 1714, Camarillo, CA 93011.
Donations button is located on the front page of our website .
Typica services will continue on Sundays at 10:00-11:30 am.
Sunday, April 9 - Typica 10:00-11:30 am.
By the suggestion of our priest, for 30 min before the service you are welcome to venerate the icons (by bowing) and place candles inside of the church, 3 people at the time, 6 feet apart.
After that we ask you to attend the service outdoors, please.
Here you can read the Paschal greeting from the Holy Synod of Greece!
CHURCH OF TRUE ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS OF GREECE
PASCHAL ENCYCLICAL FOR 2021
Ref. No. 3110
Dear Fathers, Brothers and sisters in the Risen Christ,
The Holy Spirit, who spoke through the Holy Fathers and Hymnographers of the Church, invites all Orthodox Christians at the luminous Resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ to lift up and augment the brightness of our soul and body. Because our risen Lord “raised us with Him” from the depths of murky sin; and gave us back life, raising us from the death of our errors; and transferred us from death to life, from darkness to light, from slavery to liberty, from enmity to reconciliation, and from earth to heaven!
This is the real and unspeakable grace; this is the wondrous grandeur of God’s unique love.
The Risen Saviour foretold clearly to us: “this is the will of the Father who sent me, that of all whom He gave me I should not lose any, but I will raise him in the last day” (John 6:39). God the Father grants the great gift of faith in His only-begotten Son to those who have goodwill and intentions. And this in order to receive spiritual renewal in this world from the Son and Word, through the breath of the Holy Spirit, as also a luminous resurrection in the life to come, the true and eternal life.
In the Universal Resurrection, all will be raised; but the sinners, those who have not received the light, and the unrepentant ones will remain in the depths. While the just, who have kept the Faith until death and were not led astray by the deception of a hedonistic and passionate life, those who avoided the traps of the devil and the threats of the servants of the antichrist, and of antichrist himself, will be raised “on the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thes. 4:7) These alone are raised “to eternal life”, in the “brightness of the saints” “where there is the pure sound of those who celebrate and cry without ceasing, Glory to Thee, O Lord!”
Dear Brothers and sisters in the Risen Lord,
We celebrate the brightness of life, and the victory over death in very difficult and unforeseen circumstances. Biological death appears to threaten all, without exception, and various “wise specialists” use this immediate threat to sow fear and despair, and especially to apply what are hoped to be saving solutions to meet the danger of epidemics and illnesses in all the world, with the aim of prolonging, albeit for a short while, our life on earth.
Without forgetting the reasonable care we should have for this present life, we, who believe in the resurrection should not regard physical life as an absolute value. This present life is a trial of whether we are worthy to live the next in eternity with with our God or without Him. Biological death in any case besieges us from the moment of our birth, and waits for us at every moment, surprising us like “a thief in the night” (1 Thes. 5:2). This happens by God’s providence for our instruction and sobriety, so that we should avoid destructive passions, which are the real defilement of our life, and so that we should turn, while we still have time, to the measureless mercy of our Divine Redeemer.
Let us not forget that the Providence of God does not cover only this present life, which it indeed regulates and encloses, but rather its aim is for us to reach out to what is beyond, to the ultimate things, to which we are constantly moving, rapidly and inescapably. It is not of primary significance how and when we will leave the present world, but whether we will be ready for the divine vision and meeting, for the just judgment and reward.
Let us therefore be ready free from apostasy and sin, so as to pursue our life with wisdom and courage, “fearless on land and on the sea” (St. Theodore the Studite) and in the air. Let us possess our Risen Lord dwelling in us, so that we may cry with confidence and surety in every unpleasant event of our life: ”I shall not fear evils, for Thou art with me” (Psalm 22:4). “I shall not fear the myriads that attack me round about” (Psalm 3:7) “I shall not fear when the earth trembles and the mountains are moved to the depths of the seas” (Psalm 45:3)!
Fathers, brothers and sisters, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
ARCHBISHOP KALLLINIKOS of Athens
and the members of the Holy Synod