Come, Receive, Take Action ~ A Lenten Invitation, RSVP to Jesus ASAP
Lent & Pascha are quickly approaching and so is the moment when we hear the invitation from Christ with the words chanted every year at the Anastasi service; “Come Receive the Light.” We will light our candles which symbolizes the Light of Christ and sing Christos Anesti to celebrate His victory over sin and death. To some peoples’ surprise, this moment happens just before we begin the Divine Liturgy, where we will receive once again. This time we receive Holy Communion. All our preparation during lent should be followed by the action of taking Holy Communion that night. Yes, we are all tired and have the urge to go back to our cars with our lit candles instead of going back into the Church for the Paschal Liturgy. We need to remind ourselves that Christ offers us His body and blood that night as His gift to us. The Apostles themselves came together for a service that went till midnight as they celebrated the Sabbath on a Sunday, which signified honoring the Sabbath on a new day (Sunday) focusing on Christ’s Resurrection and the New Covenant that He established on the day of His Resurrection. “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” (Acts 20:7). I’m sure The Apostles were tired too that night. Yet, they were with the family of believers, receiving the Eucharist with one another and hearing St. Paul preach the word of God. They must have been inspired to stay up late that night to fill their souls with spiritual nourishment that Paul was called to deliver to them.