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What is “Bright Week”?

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What is “Bright Week”?

Bright Week, otherwise known as Renewal Week, begins on Pascha Sunday and ends on the following Sunday of Thomas. The name probably originates from the fact that the newly baptized catechumens from Pascha are newly illumined and bright. For them it is a time of regeneration and renewal. These newly baptized in ancient times wore […]

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The Firstborn from the Dead

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The Firstborn from the Dead

The Resurrection of Christ, the premier event in the mystery of the divine economy, gives us each year the opportunity to delve into this event and little by little to engage the mystery of the Resurrection with our own resurrection. Besides, this is the purpose for the establishment of the annual festive cycle of Pascha. […]

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Learn about Pentecostarion

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Learn about Pentecostarion

The Synaxaria of the Sundays of Pentecostarion.The Pentecostarion provides the feasts from the Sunday of Pascha, to Pentecost, through All Saints – the Sunday after Pentecost.

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“The Passion of the Christ”: An Orthodox Perspective

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“The Passion of the Christ”: An Orthodox Perspective

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos On occasion films are created that display the Cross and Passion of Christ as their content, in order to move Christians in regards to these great events. We see this also in our days with the new movie about the Passion of Christ titled The Passion of the Christ, directed […]

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The Spiritual Practice of Holy Week

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The Spiritual Practice of Holy Week

Sermon preached by Fr. Antony Hughes on Palm Sunday (April 28, 2013) John 12:1-18 (Palm Sunday) Today the Church invites us to a 7-day guided meditation on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is why it is called “Holy Week”. We are encouraged to put aside our worldly cares, to rest our […]

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The Synaxarion of the Days of the Holy Week

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The Synaxarion of the Days of the Holy Week

On this day, palm Sunday, we celebrate the resplendent and glorious feast of the entry of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. In Your ineffable compassion, O Christ our God, make us victors over the irrational passions, and make worthy to see Your manifest victory over death and Your joyous, life-giving Resurrection, […]

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Saturday of the Akathist Hymn

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Saturday of the Akathist Hymn

This Saturday (Saturday of the fifth week of the Great Lent) we chant the Akathist Hymn during Matins. In our days however this does not happen except in the holy monasteries, since in the parishes it is chanted the evening before, on Friday during the Small Compline. The Akathist Hymn is a “Kontakion”. In olden […]

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Sermon for Holy Wednesday

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Sermon for Holy Wednesday

CATECHESIS 72: On the Saving Passion; and Teaching on Humility and Patient Endurance. by St. Theodore the Studite Given on the Wednesday of Holy Week. Brethren and Fathers, the present day is holy and to be venerated, for from this day the Lord begins to take on himself the sufferings of the Cross for our […]

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The Many Dresses of Kassiani

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The Many Dresses of Kassiani

The troparion of Kassiani is very much beloved by our Orthodox people. Even people who never go to church come to hear it. This reveals the inspiration under which it was written, the passion of the sinful woman who repented, as well as the history of Kassiani who composed it. More so, in my opinion, […]

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The Bridegroom of the Church

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The Bridegroom of the Church

On Palm Sunday evening we celebrate the first service of the Holy Week: the Service of the Bridegroom.  The Bridegroom of the Church is a humble and suffering Bridegroom.  He is a Bridegroom who loves and sacrifices to the point of death so that His love may be received.  We see in this icon that […]

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The Temporary Recognition of Christ

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The Temporary Recognition of Christ

The raising of Lazarus was an event which could hardly have passed unnoticed. The resurrection­­­­­­­ of a dead person, four whole days after their death, produced an enormous impression in Jerusalem and the surrounding area and there were many who believed in Jesus and wished to see Him at first hand. As soon as they […]

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On the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

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On the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

The month of March is marked by the Great Feast of the Annunciation. This Feast invites us to consider on the one hand God’s condescension towards humanity, and on the other hand humanity’s unique and decisive response to God’s condescension that was ministered by the All holy Virgin who became the unshakable [efficient] cause of […]

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