The links below contain copies of the 2013 Pascha Letter as sent out to DOWAMA parishes by Bishop Basil. They are in both Adobe Acrobat PDF and MS Word format, whichever may be most convenient for you to open, read and/or print.
If you wish only to read the text of the letter, that is printed beneath the links below.
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
OF NORTH AMERICA
Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America
1559 North Woodlawn Street * Wichita, KS 67208-2429 USA
Telephone (316) 687-3169 * Fax (316) 636-5628
Website: www.antiochian.org * Email: BpBasil@aol.com
P A S C H A 2 0 1 3
Beloved and Christ-loving Clergy, Monastics and Laity of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America:
I embrace and greet you with a holy kiss in the Name of the Resurrected Theanthropos Jesus Christ, and, together with you and Orthodox Christians throughout the world, I joyfully proclaim that Christ is risen!
On this radiant Feast of feasts I share with you, my dearly beloved spiritual children, the following soul-profiting words excerpted from a Paschal homily of our father among the saints Gregory the Theologian (330-390):
This is the Day of Resurrection! Let us all be united in heart, and let us give glory to God on this solemn festival. Let us address as brothers even those who hate us, as also those who love us, and have helped us, and have suffered anything on our behalf. Let us forgive all things in the Resurrection … Yesterday I was crucified with Christ; today I am glorified with Him. Yesterday I died with Him; today I am given life with Him. Yesterday I was buried with Him; today I rise again with Him. Today let us offer unto Him, Who has suffered and Who has risen for us, ourselves, which to God is the most precious and becoming of gifts.
Wishing you and your families a glorious Paschal season perfumed with the sweet fragrance of good works and holiness, looking forward to being with you all at our Diocesan Family Reunion in Kansas City this June 5th – 8th, and assuring you of my continued love, prayers and blessings, I remain
Your Father in the Risen Christ,
+ Bishop Basil
“…the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” ACTS 11:26
The Most Reverend
The Right Reverend
Archbishop of New York
Metropolitan of All North America
Bishop of Wichita and
the Diocese of Mid-America