Easter greetings from Bishop Sylvan of Peterhof, rector of St. Petersburg Theological Academy (Russian Orthodox Church), to Bishop Ivan Laptev
To Bishop Ivan Laptev, Head of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria
Christ is risen!
The Luminous Resurrection of Christ crowns the Lord’s redemptive work for us and our salvation. All the history of Christianity is filled with a firm faith in the power and grace of the Resurrection which restored the order of the universe. The Church of Christ sings praise and thanks to God, the Giver of life and Victor over death. The focus of our faith, of our witness for the world, of our whole life is in the joyful message of the Resurrection.
“Because Christ is risen, an everlasting gladness!”
May we prove worthy before God of this joy which is given us here on earth and of the everlasting joy which is prepared for those who love God and are faithful to Him! May the message of Easter inspire each person for God-pleasing works and true love!
Christ our God is risen indeed!
Bishop of Peterhof
Rector of St. Petersburg Theological Academy
Pascha of Christ 2020