On the night of April 23-24, 2022, on the feast of the Holy Resurrection of Christ, with the blessing of His Grace Gideon Bishop Makarovsky, abbot of the Tithes Monastery of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, a solemn Paschal service was performed in the monastery by brethren in holy dignity.
In order not to violate the order of the curfew, the festive Matins and Liturgy were held in the fraternal monastery building.
The chants were performed by the choir of the Holy Trinity Ioninsky Monastery under the direction of the Honored Art Worker of Ukraine, Archpriest Dmitry Bolgarsky.
At the end of Paschal Matins, the Paschal Epistle of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, was read.
After the prayer behind the ambo, a prayer for the consecration of the artos was read, after which the consecration of the offerings was performed.
Easter of Christ is a celebration of celebrations. This is stated, in particular, in his Word of St. Epiphanius of Cyprus: “The Easter holiday is more solemn than all holidays: it constitutes for the whole world the triumph of renewal and salvation. This holiday is the head and top of all holidays ... ". The Church in sacred hymns calls Pascha great, the one that opens the doors of paradise to us, Holy Sunday, the bright Resurrection of Christ, calls for its glorification of the earth and sky, the visible and invisible world. In addition to the historical, Easter also has an eschatological meaning, that is, one about the next century. In the Mystery of Baptism, a person dies and is resurrected together with Christ for eternal life, but we see that the whole life of a person is, as it were, a continuation of Baptism: during our life we “die” every day in the fight against sin, and we will “finally” rise on the Day of the Common resurrection, after which there will be no more death. And those of us who will be with Christ in His Kingdom will become participants in the "wedding feast of Christ and His Church" - Easter, which will last forever.
Christ is Risen! Truly, Christ is Risen!