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OCMC News - The Whole World Cries Out: Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

by Caitlyn Sargent (Posted 4/12/2018)

OCMC News - The Whole World Cries Out: Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
In this phot0 taken by OCMC Missionary Jesse Brandow, twenty girls served as myrrh-bearers during Lamentations on Holy Friday in Guatemala. Orthodox communities around the world journeyed through Holy Week toward Christ's triumphant Resurrection. Thank you for all that you have done to share the Faith with them.

The Church of Guatemala participated in Holy Week with reverence and faith. Many people came to receive Holy Unction at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Aguacate. Long-term Missionary Jesse Brandow talks highly of his brothers and sisters in Christ, saying, “The people here have a tremendous belief in Christ's healing power.”

After announcing beforehand that those who are too sick to walk to church could receive Holy Unction in their houses, many still insisted in walking to the Cathedral. “Despite great physical pain,” Jesse says, “[they walked] so that they could be anointed there and receive Christ's healing power. Glory to God!”

On Holy Friday the faithful commemorated the Crucifixion and the taking down of Christ’s body from the Cross. Twenty girls served as myrrh-bearers during the Lamentations service! Holy Saturday saw many baptisms in Guatemala, with 25 people being welcomed into the Body of Christ!

In Kenya, OCMC Missionary Dr. Bill Black celebrated Pascha at St. Paul's Orthodox Church near Jepkoiai in Vihiga, in western Kenya. Fr. Nicodemus Karanja served the Liturgy, and Dr. Black offered the sermon. Afterwards, they taught children of the church, and since there are no Sunday School facilities, they had class outside!

Dr. Black and OCMC say a big, “Thank you, Fr. Karanja, for a wonderful service and celebration! Thank you, St. Paul's parish, for your wonderful welcome! Christ is risen!”

Thank you all for sharing Christ’s Resurrection around the world. We pray that you and your loved ones had a blessed Holy Week, a glorious Pascha, and joyful Bright Week!

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God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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