Holy Thursday — Passion Service

Holy Thursday — Passion Service

On Great and Holy Friday the Orthodox Church commemorates the death of Christ on the Cross. This is the culmination of the observance of His Passion by which our Lord suffered and died for our sins. This commemoration begins on Thursday evening with the Matins of Holy Friday and concludes...

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Being a Good Shepherd

Being a Good Shepherd

What would you do if a plague were to hit your area? Father Themi Adamopoulo proved what he’d do. He is a true example of the Gospel of John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” Today, Fr. Chris speaks with Fr....

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The Lamentations as Chanted by the Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral Choir

The Lamentations as Chanted by the Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral Choir

Check out this great recording of the Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral Choir, performing “The Lord’s Lamentations,” one of the most solemn liturgical services of the year, celebrated in the evening on Great and Holy Friday. Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network. You can find the Orthodox Christian Network on Google+

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Epitaphios Service (Holy Friday Evening)

Epitaphios Service (Holy Friday Evening)

On Great and Holy Saturday the Orthodox Church commemorates the burial of Christ and His descent into Hades. It is the day between the Crucifixion of our Lord and His glorious Resurrection. The Matins of Holy Saturday is conducted on Friday evening, and while many elements of the service represent...

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Great and Holy Saturday

Great and Holy Saturday

On Great and Holy Saturday the Orthodox Church commemorates the burial of Christ and His descent into Hades. It is the day between the Crucifixion of our Lord and His glorious Resurrection. The Matins of Holy Saturday is conducted on Friday evening, and while many elements of the service represent...

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Arabic Orthodox Choir Chants Famous Hymn for Holy Friday

Arabic Orthodox Choir Chants Famous Hymn for Holy Friday

Some of the most beloved hymns of Great and Holy Friday take places during the “Unnailing” Great Vespers, where the body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross. Embedded above is an Arabic Orthodox choir chanting one of the famous hymns that serve as the spiritual soundtrack for the...

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Good Friday in the Holy Sepulchre during the Middle Ages

Good Friday in the Holy Sepulchre during the Middle Ages

Cappella Romana (http://www.cappellaromana.org/) is a well known vocal ensemble, which often performs sacred music from the Middle Ages, based on extensive research in original manuscripts from centuries ago. One of the group’s recent recordings “features Medieval Byzantine Chant composed for 8th- and 9th-century commemorations of Great and Holy Friday in...

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Encyclical of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Feast of Holy Pascha 2015

Encyclical of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Feast of Holy Pascha 2015

+ B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace and Mercy from Christ, who has Risen in Glory Brother concelebrants and beloved children in the Lord, Christ is Risen!...

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