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Eastern Orthodox Christian Sacred Lessons for May 2014
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3
RD
S
UNDAY OF
H
OLY
P
 ASCHA
T
HE
H
OLY
M
 YRRH
-
BEARERS
4M
 AY
2014
 1.
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria & All Africa
 A 
LL
G
LORY 
,H
ONOUR AND
 W 
ORSHIP TO THE
F
 ATHER
,
 AND TO THE
S
ON
,
 AND TO THE
H
OLY
S
PIRIT
,
 NOW AND FOREVER
,
 AND UNTO THE
 A 
GES OF AGES
.
MEN
. R
EMEMBERING ALSO OUR
M
OST
H
OL
,M
OST
P
URE
,M
OST
B
LESSED AND
G
LORIOUS
L
 AD
,M
 ARIA 
,T
HEOTOKOS
,
 YET
E
 VER
 V 
IRGIN
,
 TOGETHER WITH ALL THE
S
 AINTS
.
ND LET US COMMIT OURSELVES AND ONE ANOTHER AND OUR WHOLE
L
IFE TO
C
HRIST OUR
G
OD
. A 
MEN
.
4 May 2014 Tone 2 3
r
 Sunday of Holy Pascha Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers
T
HE
F
EAST OF THE
E
IGHT
H
OLY
M
 YRRH
-
BEARING
 W 
OMEN
:O
UR
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 VER
B
LESSED
L
 ADY
T
HEOTOKOS
,S
T
M
 ARY OF
M
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T
J
OANNA
C
HUZA 
,S
T
S
 ALOME
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EBEDEE
,S
T
M
 ARY
&S
T
M
 ARTHA OF
B
ETHANY 
,S
T
S
UZANNA
&S
T
M
 ARY
C
LEOPAS
,
 TOGETHER  WITH
S
T
N
ICODEMOS
&S
T
J
OSEPH OF
 A 
RIMATHEA
S
T
P
ELAGIA
 V 
IRGIN
M
 ARTYR OF
T
 ARSOS
S
T
N
IKITA 
,S
T
C
 YRIL
,S
T
N
ICEPHOROS
,S
T
C
LEMENT
&S
T
I
SAAC
,F
OUNDERS OF
S
OKOLNITZKY
M
ONASTERY 
,N
OVGOROD
S
T
E
RASMOS OF
F
ORMIA 
,C
 AMPANIA
S
T
 A 
LBIAN OF
 A 
NAEA 
,
SIA
M
INOR
S
T
S
ILVANOS OF
G
 AZA TOGETHER WITH
40H
OLY
M
 ARTYRS OF
G
 AZA
S
T
N
ICEPHOROS OF
 A 
LBANIA
&M
OUNT
 A 
THOS
S
T
 V 
 ASILY
M
 ARTYSZ
,N
EW
M
 ARTYR OF
P
OLAND
S
T
M
ONICA OF
T
 AGASTE
,N
ORTH
 A 
FRICA
FESTALAPOLYTIKIONOFHOLYPASCHA
>
ristos Anesti ek nekron, Thanato Thanaton patistas, ke tis en tis mnimasi, Zoin harisamenos! 
>
C
hrist has Risen from the dead, by Death trampling upon Death, and has bestowed Life to those in the tombs!
R
ESURRECTION
 A 
POLYTIKION
T
ONE
2
tekatilthes pros ton Thanaton, i Zoi i Athanatos, tote ton Adin enekrosas ti astrapi tis Theotitos. Ote de ke tous tethneotas ek ton katahthonion anestisas, pase e Dinamis ton Epouranion ekravgazon. Zoodota Hriste, O Theos imon, Doxa Si! 
W
henThou condescended to Death, O Life Immortal, Thou slayed Hades with the lightning flash of Thy Divinity. When also Thou raised up the dead from the subterranean abodes, all the Powers of Heaven cried aloud: O Life-giver, Christ our God, Glory to Thee!
A
POLYTIKION
O
F
S
T
 J
OSEPH
O
F
A
RIMATHEA
&T
HE
H
OLY
M
YRRH
-B
EARERS
 evshimon Iosif, apo tou xilou kathelon, to ahranton Sou Soma, sindoni kathara, ilisas ke aromasin, en mnimati keno, kidevsas apetheto; alla trimeros anestis Kyrie, parehon to kosmo to Mega Eleos!
es Myroforis Ginexi, para to Mnima epistas, O Angelos evoa: To Myra tis thnitis iparhi armodia, Hristos de diafthoras edihthi allotrios; alla kravgasate: Anesti O Kyrios, parehon to kosmo to Mega Eleos!
T
he noble Joseph taking down Thy spotless Body from the Tree, wrapped it in a clean shroud with sweet spices and laid it for burial in a new tomb; but on the third day Thou arose, O Lord, granting the world Thy Great Mercy!
T
he Angel standing by the Tomb cried to the Myrrh- bearing Women: Myrrh is fitting for the dead, but Christ has been shown to be a stranger to corruption. But cry aloud: The Lord has Risen, granting the world His Great Mercy!
P
ASCHAL
K
ONTAKION
U
NTIL
A
SCENSION
D
AY
ke en Tafo katilthes athanate, alla tou Adou kathiles tin dinamin; ke Anestis os nikitis, Hriste O Theos, Ginexi Miroforis fthengxamenos: Herete! Ke tis sis Apostolis Irinin doroumenos, O tis pesousi parehon Anastasin
.
A
lthough Thou descended in the grave, O Immortal One, yet Thou destroyed the power of Hades; and Thou arose as Victor, O Christ our God! To the Myrrh-bearing Women Thou said: Rejoice! And to Thine Apostles Thou granted Thy Peace: the One Who grants Resurrection to the fallen ones.
Resurrection Gospel 4 - Luke 24:1
 – 
 12
T
HE
M
 YRRH BEARERS
F
IND
T
HE
T
OMB
E
MPTY 
Prokeimenon
he Lord is my Strength and my Glory!
he Lord has punished me severely, but He has not delivered me to Death!
The Acts of the Apostles According to St Luke 6 : 1
 – 
 7
D
EACONS ARE
O
RDAINED
In those days, when the number of Disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. So the Twelve summoned the multitude of Disciples and said:
“It is not desirable that we should leave the Word of God and serve tables. Therefore, Brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and Wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; for we will give ourselves continually to Prayer and the Ministry of the Word.”
And their words pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of Faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip Prochoros, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicholas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the Apostles; and when they had prayed they laid hands on them. Then the Word of God spread, and the number of Disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the Priests were Obedient to the Faith.
The Hebrews 
” referred to the local Jewish Christians in Jerusalem who spoke Aramaic, while
“the Hellenists” 
 were Greek-speaking Jewish Christians from other parts of the Hellenised world who had settled in Jerusalem.
 
2
3
RD
S
UNDAY OF
H
OLY
P
 ASCHA
T
HE
H
OLY
M
 YRRH
-
BEARERS
4M
 AY
2014
St John Chrysostom noted that this particular complaint showed a lack of order among the quickly growing multitude of Faithful Christians, even though the neglect of the Hellenistic widows and orphans was certainly not malicious or intentional. So it is evident that various problems that faced the early Church arose not only from outsiders, but also due to dissension or misunderstanding from within. However, these various initial difficulties were quickly resolved due to the mutual respect and Love of one another within the Holy Church of Christ.
]
P
ROBLEMS HAVE ALWAYS ARISEN DUE TO THE
HUMAN FACTOR
 WHEN
OUR EGOS AND SELFISHNESS DOMINATE  AND RULE OUR EMOTIONS AND ACTIONS
.
However, these MUST always be very quickly Repented, resolved and forgiven, so that we may
CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON OUR FAITHFUL AND TRUE WORSHIP OF
 A 
LMIGHTY
G
OD
,
 WHILE CONSTANTLY CORRECTING AND
R
EPENTING OUR OWN PERSONAL FLAWS
,
 which is the entire Purpose of this earthly life, before Eternity. The term “Disciples” generally refers to all Faithful Believers and Followers of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and not only to His Twelve Apostles or those who were close to Him and who accompanied Him during His Public Ministry.
]
To be
 A
D
ISCIPLE OF
C
HRIST
 means that we are really trying to
LEARN ALL THE
S
 ACRED
T
EACHINGS AND
C
OMMANDMENTS OF
C
HRIST OUR
S
 AVIOUR SO THAT WE CAN APPLY THEM TO OUR EVERY WORD
,
 THOUGHT AND DEED
:
 THIS IS
L
IFE IN
C
HRIST
,
 WHICH TAKES MUCH EFFORT AND A
F
 AITHFUL  WILLINGNESS TO
O
BEY
G
OD AT ALL TIMES
.
 While
THE
M
INISTRIES OF THE
 W 
ORD AND OF SERVING
 widows (and orphans) are important Sacred Tasks, they
CANNOT BE PERFORMED BY THE SAME PEOPLE AND STILL RECEIVE PROPER  ATTENTION
.
Therefore, the Holy Church developed diversified Ministries. In the Orthodox Church to this very day, our Bishops and Presbyters (Priests) are Called to focus on “
Prayer and the Ministry of the Word 
” of God, while the other essential ministries of Christ’s Holy Church are accomplished by Deacons and the laity (the people or congregation) of each Parish.
D
EACONS WHO ARE CALLED TO SERVE ARE REQUIRED TO BE NOT ONLY SPIRITUAL
,
 BUT ALSO
ULL OF
ISDOM 
,”
 WHICH IS ESSENTIAL FOR MANAGING THEIR
S
 ACRED
T
 ASKS
.
 While
the multitude 
” submitted the names of the first Seven Deacons,
THE
H
OLY
 A 
POSTLES OF
C
HRIST ORDAINED THEM
.
Thus the synergy between Laity and Clergy was demonstrated in the selection of these Church Servants and leaders.  Whether these first chosen Deacons held the Liturgical Office of Deacon, or whether their Diaconate was more Service-oriented,
THEY RECEIVED THEIR
S
 ACRED
O
FFICE BY MEANS OF
H
OLY
O
RDINATION BY THE
D
IVINELY
 A 
UTHORISED
 A 
POSTLES OF
C
HRIST
.
]
T
HE INCREASE IN NUMBERS OF
F
 AITHFUL
D
ISCIPLES OF
C
HRIST ONLY OCCURS WHEN THREE
G
REAT
P
ILLARS OF
C
HURCH
L
IFE  ARE FULLY IN PLACE
:  W 
ORSHIP
E
 VANGELISM
C
HARITY 
 /L
OVE
Furthermore, this wonderful Growth occurs
 WHEN EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL
S
TRUGGLES OR PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED
,
RESOLVED AND
R
EPENTED
.
]
T
HE FIRST
P
RESBYTERS
(P
RIESTS
)
 WERE
C
HRISTIAN CONVERTS  WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN
H
EBREW
P
RIESTS
 but they had not necessarily been Ordained into the Priestly Ministry within the Christian Church after their Conversion to the New Covenant of God.
The Holy Gospel According to St Mark 15 : 43
 – 
 16 : 8
T
HE
U
NNAILING
&B
URIAL OF OUR
C
RUCIFIED
L
ORD
&S
 AVIOUR
,J
ESUS
C
HRIST
At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent Council Member, who was himself waiting for the Kingdom of God, went courageously to Pilate and asked for the Body of Jesus. Pilate marvelled that He was already dead; and, summoning the Centurion, he asked him if Jesus had been dead for some time. And when he found out from the Centurion that it was indeed so, he granted the Body to Joseph. Then Joseph bought fine linen, took Jesus down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the Tomb. And Mary of Magdala and Mary, the Mother of Joses, observed where He was laid. Now, when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the Mother of James and Salome, bought spices so that they might go and Anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the Tomb when the sun had risen. And they discussed among themselves who would roll away the stone from the door of the Tomb for them. But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away – for it was very large – and entering the Tomb, they saw a young man, clothed in a long white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. And He said to them:
“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth Who was crucified. He is Risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. Now go: tell His Disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”
So they went out quickly and fled from the Tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
If His Faithful Apostles had buried Christ, doubters and enemies of Divine Truth could claim that His Most Precious Body had simply been hidden away by them and that there was no Resurrection.
]
S
T
J
OSEPH OF
 A 
RIMATHEA 
,
 BEING BOTH A
C
OUNCIL
M
EMBER
(
OF THE
S
 ANHEDRIN
)
 AND AN ACKNOWLEDGED
OOD AND
UST MA
” 
 TOGETHER WITH
S
T
N
ICODEMOS
 ALSO OF GOOD REPUTATION AND SOCIAL STATUS
-
 REFUTES ANY POSSIBILITY THAT OUR
L
ORD
S
B
ODY WAS MERELY REMOVED AND HIDDEN BY
H
IS
F
 AITHFUL
 A 
POSTLES AND
D
ISCIPLES
.
 As a wealthy and highly prominent, respected member of Hebrew society, St Joseph of Arimathea was able to personally approach the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, to request the Body of Christ, Whom Pontius Pilate had already acknowledged as having been unjustly tried, punished and condemned to death by crucifixion.
]
The fact that Pontius Pilate
“...marvelled that He was already dead...”
confirms the Divine Truth that
C
HRIST
P
 ANTOCRATOR CHOSE THE EXACT
H
OUR OF
H
IS
D
EATH
,
HAVING
S
 ACRIFICED
H
IMSELF FREELY AND WILLINGLY FOR THE SAKE OF ALL HUMANITY 
.
Usually crucifixion victims suffered for a very long time, sometimes for days, before dying but when the Sabbath Day was approaching, Hebrew criminals’ legs were shattered so that they quickly died from the most painful green fracture injuries,
 YET AS
P
ROPHESIED
,
 NOT A
B
ONE OF
O
UR
L
ORD WAS BROKEN
!
]
The Spiritual Significance of a New Tomb that “
had been hewn out of rock 
” and “
where no one had ever lain before 
” is that
C
HRIST SUFFERED A
D
EATH UNLIKE ANY OTHER HUMAN BEING
D
EATH WITHOUT
S
PRITUAL OR PHYSICAL CORRUPTION
 A
D
EATH LEADING TO
E
TERNAL
 V 
ICTORY OVER THE TOMB ITSELF
.
Furthermore, the description of the New Tomb according to several sources, clearly shows that
IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL
T
OMB FIT FOR A MOST IMPORTANT PERSON
 AND
 W 
HO IS MORE IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL THAN OUR
L
ORD
J
ESUS
C
HRIST
OUR
O
NE AND
O
NLY
E
TERNAL
H
IGH
P
RIEST AND
ING
 OUR
O
NLY
E
TERNAL
G
OD
I
NCARNATE
!
]
 Another fact to be considered is that
NOT ONLY WAS A HUGE
,
HEAVY ROCK PLACED
-
 WITH MUCH EFFORT
-
 AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE
T
OMB AND THEN SEALED
,
 BUT TWO
R
OMAN
G
UARDS STOOD WATCH AS WELL
,
 because the devious Hebrew leaders had alleged that Christ’s Body would be removed by His Disciples so that they could then proclaim His Resurrection from the dead as He had truthfully and precisely foretold.
]
 A 
FTER
C
HRIST HAD
R
ESURRECTED
,
 A POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE
announced the Glorious Event by
BREAKING THE SEALS
,
ROLLING AWAY THE ROCK 
blocking the entrance and
REVEALING TO ALL MANKIND THE
E
MPTY
T
OMB
,
containing only the discarded Shroud (
Soudarion 
) and carefully folded Facecloth (
Mandylion 
).
]
T
HE ROCK DID NOT ROLL AWAY SO THAT
C
HRIST COULD EXIT THE
T
OMB BUT ONLY TO REVEAL TO MANKIND THAT
H
E HAD
T
RULY
R
ISEN
! The terrified guards – who also witnessed the Empty Tomb - ran away in fear of the punishment they faced from the Roman authorities, but were later paid by the Hebrew authorities to blatantly lie to everyone that the Disciples had removed the Body of Christ after knocking them unconscious!
 
3
RD
S
UNDAY OF
H
OLY
P
 ASCHA
T
HE
H
OLY
M
 YRRH
-
BEARERS
4M
 AY
2014
 3.
Habitual liars, thieves and deceivers always accuse others of their own sins – and they REJECT Divine Truth – the Absolute Truth – because it is something that is totally alien to them
.
C
HRIST DIED JUST BEFORE THE
S
 ABBATH SO THE USUAL
B
URIAL
C
USTOMS OF THE
H
EBREWS COULD NOT BE COMPLETED
 by His Mother and Disciples, and they had to return on the first day of the week – Sunday – to do so.
S
T
J
OSEPH OF
 A 
RIMATHEA AND
S
T
N
IKODEMOS HAD
U
NNAILED OUR
L
ORD FROM
H
IS
C
ROSS AND WRAPPED
H
IS NAKED
B
ODY IN A FOURTEEN FOOT LONG
“ 
FINE LINEN 
” 
 CLOTH
 that became the Burial Shroud, also gathering up any bloody soil that surrounded the Cross, to be buried with Him.
T
HEY HAD CARRIED
H
IM TO THE
T
OMB AND WRAPPED
H
IM WITH OTHER LINEN STRIPS
SOAKEDWITHTHE100POUNDSOFBITTERALOES
 THAT
S
T
N
IKODEMOS SUPPLIED
. T
HE
M
 ANDYLION OR
F
 ACE
C
LOTH WAS GENTLY AND RESPECTFULLY PLACED OVER
H
IS
F
 ACEAS SOON AS THEY TOOK
H
IM DOWN FROM THE
C
ROSS
,
 WHICH REMAINED UNDER THE OUTER
B
URIAL
C
LOTHS
, which were soaked with bitter aloes and dried as hard as concrete. Therefore, when St Peter and St John saw the folded
Mandylion 
, they were amazed –
(and even more so when they noticed the Image of Christ upon it – which became known as the Holy Icon “Not-Made-By-Hands” – the first Holy Icon of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was copied many times by others over the years
. mp)
St Joseph of Arimathea and St Nikodemos showed their absolute faith, honour and worship of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour by all their actions: going directly to Pontious Pilate for permission to Unnail our Lord from the Cross, purchasing the best quality of fine linen available in which to wrap His Precious Body, donating a newly hewn Tomb carved from solid stone and in a beautiful garden – again nothing but the best resting place for Christ our Saviour – and their own personal attention to all the necessary Burial Rites, including the supply of 100 pounds of Bitter Aloes! St John the Divine Apostle, our Ever Blessed Lady Theotokos and Her close companion, St Mary Of Magdala watched and witnessed our Lord’s Burial.
 A 
CCORDING TO
O
LD
C
OVENANT
L
 AW 
,
 THE BODIES OF THE DECEASED WERE NOT WASHED BUT
 A 
NOINTED WITH AROMATIC OILS
 – and in the cases of violent death, all blood and body parts were carefully gathered, wrapped and buried together with the rest of the body.  Although the Apostles and Disciples had gone into hiding for fear of the Roman and Hebrew authorities, the eight devoted Holy Myrrh-bearing Women, led by our Most Blessed Lady Theotokos bravely went to fulfil their Sacred Duty out of their profound Love and Respect for Christ our Lord and Saviour.
Our Lady Theotokos was the legal “Mother” of St Joseph the Betrothed’s seven children - St James, St Joses, St Jude, St Simon, St Salome (mother of St John and St James), St Ester and another daughter, who were actually Her cousins and probably much older than Her
.
Since She preferred and insisted on remaining humbly in the background of Her Beloved Son and Lord, the Apostles, Disciples and Evangelists respectfully referred to Her in obscure ways such as “...
the Mother of Joses... 
” or “...
the Mother of James and Salome 
,..” etc.
The Angel of God – possibly Archangel Gabriel who is the  Angelic Messenger and Bearer of Good Tidings from God to us human beings – specifically mentioned St Peter, which revealed our Lord’s special Care and Love even for one of His Apostles who had denied Him at a crucial time.  According to St Theophylact the deeply repentant and sorrowful St Peter would have said of himself:
‘I denied the Lord, and therefore I am no longer His Apostle!’
 Yet the Angel’s words showed that our Lord God had already forgiven St Peter and still Loved him as before. This is another Divine Teaching that clearly shows us that
 WHENEVER AND WHATEVER WE TRULY
R
EPENT WITH ALL
S
ORROW  AND HUMILITY 
,
 WE ARE
F
ORGIVEN BY
G
OD
 W 
HO
L
OVES US
-
EVEN THE WORST OF SINNERS
-
 FOR
H
E DOES NOT REQUIRE OR DESIRE ANYONE TO SUFFER
E
TERNAL
C
ONDEMNATION AND
P
ERPETUAL
S
PIRITUAL
D
EATH
.
For this reason,
 WE MUST NEVER DARE TO JUDGE ONE ANOTHER AND NOT EVEN OURSELVES FOR
G
OD
S
D
IVINE
L
OVE AND
G
RACE IS FAR BEYOND ANYTHING WE CAN BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND OR  APPRECIATE
.
Our Blessed Lady Theotokos and Mary Magdalene “...
said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid 
...” does not mean that they never told the others what they had experienced so early on that first Resurrection Day.
]
O
UR
L
 ADY
T
HEOTOKOS
“...
KEPT MANY THINGS TO
ERSELF 
...” 
T
HROUGHOUT
H
ER
L
IFE
,
 ONLY SPEAKING OF THEM WHEN IT BECAME NECESSARY TO DO SO
 and in order to confirm the  Absolute Truth of Christ’s Holy Gospel and His sinless Life on earth as God Incarnate and Perfect Man –
 AND THEN ONLY TO THOSE WHO WOULD FULLY APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND THEM
.
Only after our Risen Lord Jesus Christ had appeared to the other Holy Apostles and faithful Disciples, did they speak of their experiences of that very early Sunday morning – Holy Pascha.
]
T
HE STATEMENT THAT
“...
THEY WERE AFRAID 
...
 MIGHT HAVE REFERRED TO THE ENORMOUS SHOCK OF NOT ONLY WITNESSING THE OPENED
T
OMB WITH THE ABANDONED
B
URIAL
C
LOTHS AND THE
P
RESENCE OF THE
 A 
NGEL OF
G
OD
,
 BUT ALSO A RELUCTANCE TO TELL THE OTHERS WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BELIEVED THEM
 and – being men – the Apostles would have thought the Myrrh-bearing Women were merely “
hysterical 
” or “
delusional 
” due to their intense grief.
]
 A 
S THE
 A 
DORING
M
OTHER OF OUR
L
ORD
J
ESUS
C
HRIST
,
 OUR
L
 ADY
T
HEOTOKOS WOULD HAVE BEEN INDESCRIBABLY TRAUMATISED BY HAVING WITNESSED
C
HRIST
S TERRIBLE
S
UFFERING
,H
OWEVER
,S
HE WAS ALSO DEEPLY
F
 AITHFUL AND FILLED WITH
D
IVINE
G
RACE THAT ENABLED
H
ER
-
 MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE
-
 TO  APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND ALL THINGS PERTAINING TO
 A 
LMIGHTY
G
OD AND
H
IS
D
IVINE
 W 
ILL FOR ALL HUMANITY 
.I
N
H
ER PROFOUND
 W 
ISDOM AND
L
OVE FOR
G
OD AND
H
ER FELLOW MANKIND
,S
HE WOULD KEEP MANY THINGS
 ESPECIALLY THE
D
IVINELY
M
 YSTERIOUS
T
HINGS
 TO
H
ERSELF
,
 knowing that others would either not understand or would misinterpret or blaspheme them.
Third Sunday of Holy Pascha
 – 
 Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers
The Event of our Lord Jesus Christ’s Descent from the Cross and His Burial in the Tomb is both remarkable and praiseworthy, because it was not undertaken by His Faithful Disciples and Apostles, but by two respected Councillors of the Sanhedrin – the High Court of the Hebrew Nation – St Joseph of Arimathea and St Nicodemos. St Peter was still most sorrowful and grieving for his Denial of Christ, while the other Holy Apostles had scattered far and wide, as predicted by their Divine Teacher when He said:
“I will smite the Shepherd, and the Sheep of the Flock shall be scattered abroad.” 
 (Matthew 26 : 31) According to the Old Covenant Law
,
“... cursed is every one who is hanged on a tree...” 
so the fact that our Lord was crucified on
“... a tree...” 
 made all the Disciples terrified and anxious for their own personal safety. (Galatians 3 : 13) They knew they would be accused and condemned by known association with Christ. Nevertheless, the two Sanhedrin Councillors were profoundly moved by their philanthropic compassion for the unjustly crucified and abandoned Holy Teacher of Nazareth – and they were compelled by their righteous personal characters, which were ready and courageous enough to fulfil whatever was required of them for the sake of Love of God and for True Justice. In those days, it certainly took great courage and moral  boldness to confront the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, in order to request the removal of the crucified Body of a
“condemned criminal.”
The Name “
 Jesus of Nazareth
,” or, more correctly, “
 Jesus Christ 
,” the reason for His unjust Condemnation and the unlawful manner in which it was executed, certainly justify the term “
courage
” that St Mark used in his Holy Gospel, to describe St Joseph of Arimathea, for our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ was the Nemesis – the Arch-rival – of the self-righteous, self-serving Pharisees, Scribes and Sadducees, who slyly used Roman and Hebrew Laws to achieve their iniquitous goals. Thus they were able to falsely condemn the Only Sinless One in the High Court of the Temple, as a “Blasphemer” of God and an “Enemy” of Mosaic Law and the Hebrew Nation!

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