Metropolitan Antony congratulated the Ukrainians on Easter and said that it is best to celebrate this holiday with the people we love and with those who need this the most.
“Today is Easter and this is the most important day of the church calendar. On this day, every person feels God's love, and therefore each of us must at least share a part of our love with God. But we can show our love through the people we love. For sure we should share our love with the people surrounding us. Today we must remember our parents, those people with whom the Lord has met us, and those people who may not have what we have now. When we are talking about eternity, we should say it is not an abstract notion. It seen in the evens in our lives,” the Metropolitan said.
“On the Easter I wish everyone to feel the Ester happiness. Happiness for the fact that the Lord loved us so much that he gave his only son so that he would crucify our sins and rise again. But he was resurrected not only for himself - he was resurrected not only for us. Every person who was born and will be born before the end of the centuries will live in the grace of this great feat. Priests say that after the resurrection from the death of Christ the Savior it does not depend on a person at all, whether they want to pass to eternal life. They will resurrect because we have the same nature as Christ had. But it depends on us what we will do after the resurrection. We will live in immortality with Christ and feel joy and bliss, or vice versa. Yes, we will be resurrected, but if we turn away from Christ and we will not live in peace, rest, or, vice versa, live in aggression, hatred, anger, and pride, then we will feel the affliction of hell,” he explained.
I wish that on this day we definitely visit the people with whom we were acquainted. It is possible to provide some kind of help to those who are with us, but we usually do not want to know and see them. Maybe we should just call. We should call our parents that live far away, congratulate them and ask them whether they need something, and how are they. And the joy shall come, and we will share this with everyone because Christian virtues are very deer - they are not just simple virtues. We are happy. In general, Christian happiness is that we can help someone. And so on this special day, I wish everybody who needs our help to get it. Let the Easter joy connect us, let the Easter joy fill our souls and our hearts and let our lives always resemble the resurrected from the dead Christ the Savior,” Antony added.