My beloved children in the lands of immigration, both clergy and laity.
I congratulate you for the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection, wishing you all that the Lord returns it upon you with all goodness and blessing.
“…having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” (Philippians 1:23)
The resurrection of the Lord Christ was distinguished with an amazing power. He is the only One who was victorious over death by Himself. In His resurrection, He crushed death, and arose with the power of His Divinity. Also, by His power, He came out of the closed tomb which had a great stone upon it, without anyone seeing Him. Also with the same power, He entered the upper room where the disciples were, while its doors were shut. After He spent forty days with them speaking to them about matters pertaining to the Kingdom of God, He ascended to the heavens with a great power, which is against all the laws of gravitational force. Of course, it is the power of His Divinity.
Therefore, St. Paul the Apostle said about Him, in the Epistle to the Philippians 3:10 “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings…” This is why we also praised Him throughout the Holy Week, confessing His power and saying to Him: “”Thine is the Power, the Glory, the Blessing and the Honor, forever Amen, O Emmanuel our God and King”,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, who arose with power, and ascended with power, also grants us power. The Church started its history with power, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the pure disciples. The Bible says: “And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.”
This power remained in the life of the Church. With great power, St. George was able to tear the decree of the emperor. Even all the martyrs received death with power, and they did not fear it. Instead, they reiterated the expression “…having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” (Philippians 1:23)
Therefore, my beloved children and brethren, always be powerful. I mean, that you have spiritual power by which you defeat Satan, all the power of the enemy, all the wars of the ego, and all evil desires.
And in your victory, do not attribute this to your own personal power, but to the power of God which works in you, now and always.
Lastly, be well and absolved from the Holy Spirit; and pray for me.
Pope Shenouda III
Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark