Keeping the Inexplicable and Child-Like Joy of Pascha

Keeping the Inexplicable and Child-Like Joy of Pascha

For the rest of the world, it sometimes feels as if the day after Easter is a normal day (with the exception of the celebration of going to get the 50% off Easter candy at Walmart). I had a good friend of mine call me on Bright Friday, and I greeted Him with “Christ is Risen”, and his response was “Indeed He is Risen…but wasn’t that last week?”  For some, the Resurrection is a one-day event, but for the Ancient Christian Church, we carry on like it happened yesterday! 

Dcn. Michael: "Who’s Lost that Paschal Feeling?"

Dcn. Michael:  "Who’s Lost that Paschal Feeling?"

For many of us today, the lull following Pascha seems almost unreal.  After more than a month of services and fasting in preparation and anticipation of Christianity’s holiest day, we too may feel a sense of loss.  Nothing matches the intensity of the Church activities leading up the Pascha Sunday Liturgy, making everything afterwards seem almost anticlimactic.  It just feels wrong not to be in a Church service or twofor every night of the week!  So, we may want to ask as well: Christ is risen—so what are we to do now?