Saint Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church
Proclaiming & Living the Holy Orthodox Faith
in the California Central Valley

HOLY PASCHA

The Resurrection of Our Lord

 

      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

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!

An Introduction to the

Orthodox Christian Church

Adapted from: John Meyendorff. The Orthodox Church

Sesquicentennial Commemorative Logo

An Invitation to Worship
The St. Mary Magdalene Church Iconostasis is finished!
The St. Mary Magdalene Church Iconostasis is finished!
The St. Mary Magdalene Church Iconostasis is finished!

What in the world is an Orthodox Christian?  

Click HERE for a brief explanation!

Click HERE for a more complete explanation!

Church Services

Saturday Vespers 5pm 

Sunday Divine Liturgy 10am

Prayers of the Hours 9:40am 

Full calendar ---->>>

 

Church Office Hours  

Tuesday and Thursday 

10am - 3pm

(209) 812-6232

Use this time for private prayer

or volunteer your time to our parish   

Visitors Welcome!

What is confession?
Why is it necessary?

Read an article:

 Confession -
Not a novel but a battle

Glossary of Orthodox Terms

Extensive and excellent guide to Orthodox

Christian vocabulary

by the Orthodox Church of the Mother of God 

 

Orthodox Christianity on the Web

by a member of our church

Ancient Faith Radio
Choose a station by clicking

 

Image result for email list

To receive church 

announcements by Email

Subscribe here: