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The '''[[Paschal Homily]]''' of St. [[John Chrysostom]] is read at the end of [[Orthros]] (Matins) at [[Pascha]], the feast of the [[Resurrection]] of [[Jesus Christ]], universally throughout the [[Orthodox Church]]It was composed sometime during his ministry in the late 4th or early 5th century.
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His Beatitude '''''[[Theodoros (Choreftakis) II of Alexandria]]''''', is the current [[Pope]] and [[Patriarch]] of [[Alexandria]] and All Africa. He was elected following the untimely accidental death of Patriarch Petros VII.  The future [[patriarch]] was born Nikolaos Choreftakis on the island of Crete in 1954From 1975 to 1985, Dn. Theodoros served as Archdeacon and Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Lambis and Sfakion, Crete.
  
"If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival...He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one he gives, and to the other he is gracious. He both honors the work and praises the intention...He descended into hades and took hades captive!...:For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that slept..."
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In 1990, he was consecrated [[bishop]] of Kyrene and Representative of Patr. Parthenios in Athens. In 1997, he was appointed Patriarchal Vicar by Patriarch [[Petros VII (Papapetrou) of Alexandria|Petros VII]], to assist the new patriarch. Ten months later Bp. Theodoros was elected Metropolitan of Cameroon. As the leader of this [[missionary]] [[diocese]], Metr. Theodoros greatly expanded the missionary activity in the diocese. In 2002, Metr. Theodoros was transferred to the Holy Metropolis of Zimbabwe.
  
This sermon is a fine example of the "Christ Victorious" model of the atonement that was the dominant image of the work of Christ among early Christians and among the Orthodox today. Orthodoxy sees chiefly Christ the Victor and interprets the Crucifixion primarily as an act of triumphant victory over the powers of evil.  This is the reason for the festal hymn of the Resurrection being ''Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life''.
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On [[October 9]], 2004, Metr. Theodoros was unanimously elected by the [[Holy Synod|Synod]] of the Alexandrian Throne as Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, succeeding Patriarch Petros VII who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident. His general missionary activity, as well as his affable character, are the reason behind the love felt towards him by all Africans, as well as by the communities of the Hellenes and Arabs of Egypt and All Africa.
  
  
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His Beatitude Theodoros (Choreftakis) II of Alexandria, is the current Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. He was elected following the untimely accidental death of Patriarch Petros VII. The future patriarch was born Nikolaos Choreftakis on the island of Crete in 1954. From 1975 to 1985, Dn. Theodoros served as Archdeacon and Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Lambis and Sfakion, Crete.

In 1990, he was consecrated bishop of Kyrene and Representative of Patr. Parthenios in Athens. In 1997, he was appointed Patriarchal Vicar by Patriarch Petros VII, to assist the new patriarch. Ten months later Bp. Theodoros was elected Metropolitan of Cameroon. As the leader of this missionary diocese, Metr. Theodoros greatly expanded the missionary activity in the diocese. In 2002, Metr. Theodoros was transferred to the Holy Metropolis of Zimbabwe.

On October 9, 2004, Metr. Theodoros was unanimously elected by the Synod of the Alexandrian Throne as Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, succeeding Patriarch Petros VII who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident. His general missionary activity, as well as his affable character, are the reason behind the love felt towards him by all Africans, as well as by the communities of the Hellenes and Arabs of Egypt and All Africa.


Recently featured: Paschal Homily, Pachomius the Great, Chrismation, Sava the New, Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Newly featured articles are presented on Saturdays.

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