Friday, April 17, 2015

Metropolitan Hilarion of ROCOR: 'The Resurrection of Christ is an Undoubted, Historical Fact'

Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, boldly proclaims the Risen Christ:

The Resurrection of Christ is an undoubted, historical fact confirmed precisely, reliably and fully by the Gospels, those unique first-century documents. 
More than 20 years after the Resurrection, the Apostle Paul bore witness of the risen Christ: “After that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep” (Corinthians 15:6). 
This means that the majority of those witnesses, who with their own eyes beheld Christ, Who had risen on the third day, were still alive at that time, and were able to confirm the reality of that miracle to anyone who doubted it. Thanks to their life, struggles and preaching, Christianity spread throughout the whole world. 
During Bright Week, after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the Church daily invites us to join together in procession. The hymn “Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ” is chanted repeatedly in the church on those days. It summons us to enter into the world and proclaim the truth of this greatest of miracles, not so much, of course, in word as by good example, deeds and life, just as did those who beheld Christ with their own eyes...

Read the full Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion at Pravmir.