St Mark’s Church of Jersey City would like to invite our beloved to participate in the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 21st, 2017 on the occasion of the 40th day memorial of the churches’ bombing victims, wearing white clothes that are appropriate for the resurrection of Christ and this memorial service. God willing, the service will be presided by His Grace Bishop Rofael, the General Bishop and Secretary of the Holy Synod.
This call does not mean a political demonstration in white clothes, as happened on other occasions. It is a call according to the Bible’s teachings.
It is a call to pray and cry to seek the salvation of God and proclaim victory by His might. God is the redeemer, and beside Him there is no savior (Isaiah 43:11). The crowds standing before the heavenly throne cry out as they wear white garments: “Salvation belongs to our God [God the Father] who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb [Jesus Christ]!”" (Revelation 7: 10).
It is a call to share moaning of the souls of the martyrs who are wearing white clothes in front of God. St. John saw the souls of those who were killed for the Word of God, cry with a loud voice before God: “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10). God gave them white garments to rest until their brethren complete their testimony (Revelation 6: 11).
It is a call for solidarity with the families of the martyrs and the wounded, according to the commandment of the Lord by the Apostle Paul: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). Wearing of white clothes on this day is an appropriate symbol of solidarity with them.
It is a call to pray for the unbelievers, that God the Almighty may shine upon them with His salvation and righteousness in Christ Jesus. Those who sit in darkness and the culture of death need the divine light in their hearts, and the openness of their eyes to know the error and the deception of the teachings they follow (Matthew 4:16). The white clothes are symbol of purity and the righteousness of God in Christ, which all human beings need.
In Genesis, God said to Cain who killed his brother Abel, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying unto me from the earth” (Genesis 4:10). The blood of the martyrs still cries and God hears!