The Paschal Altar
The Nepali people know that the light of each new day first strikes the peak of Mt. Everest, the highest spot on earth and within the boundaries of the country of Nepal. A full 15 minutes later, the sun finally begins to shine on India. Accordingly, the Nepali government sets official Nepali time 15 minutes before Indian time. Nepalis takes great pride in the fact that each new day begins first in Nepal!
With that in mind, it is with great joy and pride that we were the first to celebrate the glorious Feast of Pascha in Nepal and therefore are the first to proclaim the great good news that Christ is Risen!
Come receive the Light, not overcome by night. . .
To all of you we send our greetings and we pray a glorious Feast of the Resurrection of Christ our Lord for you and your parishes. And from the top of the world we join you in joyfully proclaiming, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Over a week ago Nepal’s infamous bacteria struck. Unfortunately I was unable to serve liturgy for either the last Sunday in Lent or the Feast of the Annunciation the following day. Thankfully I felt well enough this morning to serve liturgy for Palm Sunday. What a great blessing and wonder to be united with Christ through his Holy Body and Blood.
And now we enter the last stage of our journey to the Bright and Glorious Resurrection of our Lord. May the Lord grant us all strength to complete the course of the fast and enter into the joy of Holy Pascha.- Fr.S.
Biso on my right, Khal on my left.
This past weekend we were visited by two young men from the Middle East. Biso is a Coptic Christian from Cairo, Egypt, and Khalil is a Christian in the Syriac Orthodox Church from . . . well several places. He is originally from Lebanon, but lived for many years in Canada. He also spent many months in monasteries in Egypt (including St. Anthony’s monastery) and during one of his stays, was introduced to Biso. Biso lived and worked in missions for 2 years in South Africa. Together they have been traveling in Nepal in search of opportunities for Christian ministry. Biso will be returning soon to Cairo for Pascha and hopes to come back to Nepal after that. Khal will remain here in Nepal. Hopefully we will see both of them again during their time here. – Fr.S.