"Christ is risen! Indeed, He is Risen!" - was once again the Paschal theme of the Liturgy of Bright and Holy Tuesday, as St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Pro-Cathedral in Hammond, IN was blessed with the presence of the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA - His Eminence Archbishop Daniel. It was a glorious day and a moving Divine Liturgy in giving praise to our Lord and God for the Gift of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Resurrection with our archbishop, celebrating clergy, and the faithful!
The theme of Bright Tuesday’s Gospel is in the renewal of our allegiance to and a closer walk with our Lord and Savior the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Like the Apostles we hear about in this day’s Gospel, on the journey to Emmaus, they met and unknowingly walked with the Lord until they the realized how their faith was renewed stating “did not our hearts burn within us while He (Jesus) opened the scriptures to us?” We once again relived the events of the Day of the Lord’s Holy Resurrection and, likewise, our hearts burn once again within us as we heard the Good News and we worshiped the Holy Resurrection of our Lord and Savior. His eminence built upon this theme in part of his message to the gathered faithful: that we must each willingly choose to follow the Lord, walk with the Lord and build our faith in the Lord as we hear and read the Good News.
Then in faith and Love of our Lord we once again broke the bread of the Eucharist, like the Apostles with Him, that Resurrection Day and partook of Him, our Living Saviour. We, all walked away from this day, renewed, with joy, a “burning love” for our Risen Savior and the peace of the Lord in our hearts. And we look forward to serving with his eminence in the near future.
Sharing the altar with us today were Very Fr. Vasyl Sendeha, four seminarians - subdeaons Mykola Zomchak and Ivan Venhryn, as well as seminarians Yaroslav Bilohan and Myrosalv Mykytuyk, and altar servers Nick Ronsen & Peter Katic the faithful ringing out in joyful song in praise of our Lord and Savior on His Holy Resurrection.