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About Holy and Great Wednesday

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About Holy and Great Wednesday

Holy Wednesday Evening: The Holy Mystery of Unction The Mystery of Holy Unction The Central Message of Holy and Great Wednesday Sermon for Holy Wednesday Synaxarion for Holy and Great Wednesday

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Synaxarion for the Saturday of Lazarus

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Synaxarion for the Saturday of Lazarus

By Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos   SAINT LAZARUS SATURDAY   On this day, the Saturday before Palm Sunday, we celebrate the Raising of Lazarus, the holy and righteous friend of Christ, who lay for four days in the tomb.   Verses Thou lamentest, O Jesus: this belongeth to Thy mortal nature. Thou givest life to Thy […]

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Synaxarion for the First Sunday of the Great Lent

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Synaxarion for the First Sunday of the Great Lent

By Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos FIRST SUNDAY of LENT On the same day, the First Sunday of the Fast, we commemorate the restoration of the Holy and Precious Icons, which was brought about by the ever-memorable Emperors of Constantinople, Michael and his mother Theodora, during the Patriarchate of the Holy Confessor Methodios. Verses I rejoice, on […]

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What is Orthodoxy?

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What is Orthodoxy?

According to Saint Anastasios the Sinaite, one of the earliest Fathers of the Church, “Orthodoxy is a true conception about God and creation.” Orthodoxy, i.e. right belief, is the truth itself. According to the confession of Christ Himself (“I am the way, the truth, and the life”), He is the truth incarnate. We can find […]

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Saint Dorotheos of Gaza: On Holy Lenten Fast

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Saint Dorotheos of Gaza: On Holy Lenten Fast

  In the Law, God laid down that the sons of Israel should each year give tithes of all they possessed, and if they did so they were blessed in all their works. The holy Apostles, knowing this to be for the help and advancement of our souls, resolved to fulfil it in a better […]

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The Lenten Prayer of Saint Ephraim explained

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The Lenten Prayer of Saint Ephraim explained

A SPIRITUAL CHECKLIST Orthodox Christians recite a prayer during Great Lent that is described by Fr. Alexander Schmemann as a “check list” for our spiritual lives. This prayer, given by St. Ephraim the Syrian in the fourth century, is commonly called the “Lenten Prayer:” O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the […]

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The journey of Great Lent

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The journey of Great Lent

When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going. Thus with Lent. Above all, Lent is a spiritual journey and its destination is Easter, “the Feast of Feasts.” It is the preparation for the “fulfillment of Pascha, the true Revelation.” We must begin, therefore, by trying to understand this connection […]

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Clean Monday and the First Week of the Holy and Great Lent

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Clean Monday and the First Week of the Holy and Great Lent

With Clean Monday begins Great Lent in the Orthodox Church and marks the end of feasting. Clean Monday is called as such because Christians are called to cleanse themselves spiritually and bodily. It is also a day of strict fasting with no work. The holy fast has a duration of 40 days in imitation of […]

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What is the Triodion?

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What is the Triodion?

This is the Orthodox liturgical book that contains the variable portions of the Liturgy and other services for a particular period of the Orthodox ecclesiastical calendar. It begins on the fourth Sunday before the Great Lent, the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, and ends on Saturday of the Holy Week. Triodion is also called […]

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Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins

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Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins

The Pharisees were an ancient and outstanding sect among the Jews known for their diligent observance of the outward matters of the Law. Although, according to the word of our Lord, they “did all their works to be seen of men” (Matt. 23:5), and were hypocrites (ibid. 23: 13, 14, 15, etc.), because of the […]

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Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

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Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

O Creator of all above and below, as Thou receivest the thrice-holy hymn from the angels, so also from mankind receive the Triodion. He who lives like a Pharisee is far from the Church, for Christ is received within, O ye humble of heart. With God on this present day we begin the Triodion, the […]

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Pre-Festive days of the Theophany

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Pre-Festive days of the Theophany

After the feast of the Circumcision (Jan. 1), the Church turns its gaze from our Lord’s infancy and childhood to his public ministry, which will begin with His baptism (Matthew 3:13-17). The feast of our Lord’s baptism is called the Theophany, meaning “the manifestation” or “appearance of God”, and is celebrated on January 6. During […]

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