NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox faithful of all ages and generations in the New York tri-state area and beyond attended the Resurrection services at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan to experience and chant “Christ is Risen.”
The cold temperatures did not dampen the spirit of all those present as the Holy Light was brought out to the awaiting crowd eager to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord.
At the ceremony of the Resurrection and Divine Liturgy, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, was assisted by the Dean of the Cathedral Fr. John Vlachos, Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos, and Deacon Eleftherios Constantine, as well as Stephen Cherpelis, Past President of the Cathedral Board and Archon of the Ecumenical Throne who held the icon of the Resurrection.
In a message shortly after the Resurrection ceremony, Archbishop Demetrios said that “with joy and exultation, we celebrate again this year this great feast of Easter and the Resurrection of the Lord.” He also said that “the Resurrection of the Lord is the permanent, unlimited, transcendent source of hope and perspective for man.”
The Archbishop also noted that “we are facing difficulties, problems, injustices, deaths, illnesses, but can my brothers imagine something worse than the Cross of Christ? But He defeated it. The cross and death were only for three days. On the third day, he was victorious over all these enemies that tortured man.”
Archbishop Demetrios then wished the best for all those in attendance.
Many hurried inside the Cathedral for the Divine Liturgy while others headed home to enjoy the traditional soup mageiritsa and the red-dyed eggs.