PREPARING OUR PASCHAL FEAST DURING QUARANTINE

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Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

He has set before us the joyous path to follow Him in the resurrection to eternal life when He said:

Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,

for I was hungry and you fed me.

And the holy Brother of God writes:

If a brother or sister is ill-clad or in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them,

“Go in peace. be warmed and filled,”

without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?

So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

This Pascha, let our feast be the food we set before the poor, the hungry, those who wake up on the sidewalks of our cities, shivering in the frigid early morning air, not knowing how or even if they will eat today.

With fewer pedestrians out and about due to the general quarantine in force, the homeless and the hungry have fewer almsgivers to reply upon for their daily bread.

Some time between the afternoon of Holy Saturday and the afternoon of Pascha, we will walk the streets of downtown Toronto to hand out cash to everyone who needs it. There are still enough places open where they can get a hamburger, a sandwich, a cup of coffee—which will seem to them as amazing a feast as our roasted lamb, our sausages, our hams, our coloured eggs, our cheeses, our butter, our beautiful breads.

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This Pascha and always, may our risen Lord, God, and Saviour fill your hearts with the heavenly joy and uncreated light shining forth from His empty tomb.

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