2716 North Dobson Road Chandler, AZ 85224 (480) 899-3330
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Rev. Fr. Philip S. Armstrong, Presbyter 2716 N. Dobson Rd. Chandler, AZ 85224 (480) 899-3330 (Located South of Elliot Rd on Dobson Rd) Church e-mail : office@st-katherine.org Email Fr. Phil : skpriest@yahoo.com   Summer Office hours:   Monday, Wednesday, & Friday  9:30am - 3:30pm   Closed from 12:00 to 1:00pm for lunch. Inquirer’s Classes Offered (Contact our Church Office). Sunday Service Schedule:                                                                                        8:30 AM Orthos                                                                                                         9:30 AM Divine Liturgy                                                                                                      
St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church Chandler AZ 85224
For 4-21-19
Saturday of Lazarus April 20, 2019Immediately following the dismissal of Liturgy, the Ladies of St. Irene Philoptochos will gather in the breezeway beside the church to teach the children (and adults!) to make palm crosses for Palm Sunday. The Myrrh Bearers and Alter Boys will be practicing and may join us as they finish. This is an important time for our church community. Please join us! There will even be some coffee and light Lenten refreshments!  We hope to see you there! Preparing Eggs for Pascha Thursday, April 25 at 4:00pm in the Sunday School HouseAll are welcome to join us in a “kid friendly” activity! Come learn how to make traditional Greek Pascha eggs. Everything will be provided. Questions? - Contact Linda Blazev Epitaphios Adornment Holy Friday, April 26 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Narthex. All are welcome! Please join us even if you can only help for a little while; many hands make light work!  For more information contact: Antigoni Bhatia
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MESSAGE FROM FATHER “The Meaning of the Resurrection” By Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos Christ’s resurrection is the greatest of God’s saving acts. In the history of salvation there is the Exodus, the crossing of the Red Sea, the giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai, the coming into the Promised Land, and the many miracles of Christ. Soaring above all these, the resurrection is the act of new creation, the power of the new covenant, the beginning of the new age. With the resurrection sin was reversed by grace, mortality by immortality, death by life, the reign of Satan by the reign of Christ, darkness by light. The resurrection is the new Exodus, and it creates a new people, the Church, seeking to enter into a new inheritance, the fullness of God’s kingdom. THROUGH THE EVENT OF THE RESURRECTION GOD AFFIRMED AND VINDICATED THE TRUTH OF CHRIST, WHO HE WAS, WHAT HE SAID, AND WHAT HE DID DURING HIS MINISTRY. Whereas many opposed Jesus, persecuted Him, and finally humiliated Him through death by crucifixion, God honored Jesus, glorified Him and exalted Him to the highest place so that all beings in heaven and on earth will fall on their knees and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil. 2:9-11). GOD’S VICTORY OVER THE POWERS OF SIN AND DEATH WHICH DISFIGURE AND SEEK TO DESTROY HUMAN BEINGS AND CREATION. It is this victory that inspires St. Paul to thunder: “Death is destroyed; victory is complete! Where, Death is your victory? Where is your power to hurt” (1 Cor. 15:54-55)?   THE RESURRECTION IS THE POWER OF NEW LIFE RECREATING AND RENEWING ALL THINGS IN CHRIST. It is a source of healing, wholeness, and renewal. “If any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17 RSV)! The resurrection is thus the token of the future transfigured life in Christ. Christ’s resurrection is the fulfillment of our own deepest longings, because through it God’s image in each of us is renewed. Do not we yearn most for a life of light, joy, love and newness? Just as a precious work of art, covered up by layers of dark soot over many centuries, is restored by experts to its original brilliance, so also through Christ’s resurrection our old nature is renewed according to the radiance of Christ’s image. St. Symeon the new Theologian writes that if we are faithful and willing, Christ’s resurrection becomes our own personal Easter. Christ is buried in us as in a tomb, He united Himself to our souls and rises again, and raises us up with Himself.” According to St. Symeon, a true celebration of Easter is the resurrection of the soul by the power of the Holy Spirit. The mystery of Christ’s resurrection thus takes place mystically in us at all times. For those who are oppressed, the resurrection of Christ is liberation. For those who are deprived, it is plentitude. For those who are persecuted, it is comfort. For the despairing, it is hope. For the sorrowful, it is joy. For those who hate, it is love. For those who are bitter, it is sweetness. For those who are angry, it is forgiveness. For the sinful, it is righteousness. For those who are humiliated, it is exaltation. For those who live in darkness, it is light. For those who are dead, it is life. (A Year of the Lord: Liturgical Bible Studies, Vol. 4, pp.4-6)   In Christ’s love, +Fr. Phil  
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