We don’t want the Resurrection

We don’t want the Resurrection

Stergios Sakkos   It sounds harsh and may test the credibility of unsuspecting readers to say that we don’t want the Resurrection. If you’re blind, don’t you want your sight? If you’re sick, don’t you want to be cured? And Christ’s Resurrection is exactly this: eyes in the darkness of...

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Listen to an Ecumenical Gathering to End Racism

Listen to an Ecumenical Gathering to End Racism

Sponsored by Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Washington, D.C. Listen Now.  On Holy Tuesday, April 3, 2018, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America held the special service of the Bridegroom (Nymphios), which included the chanting of the Hymn of Kassiani at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia in Washington, DC....

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Prefiguration of the Resurrection in the Easter Canon

Prefiguration of the Resurrection in the Easter Canon

Mihalis Tritos   No other hymnological text expresses the redemptive, existential and metaphysical dimension of the Resurrection with such completeness and power as does the incomparable canon by Saint John the Damascan. It’s a masterpiece of Byzantine poetry and one of the most beautiful texts in world literature. Full of...

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Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha

Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha

+ 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: May the Grace, Peace and Mercy of Christ Risen in Glory be with you All Dear venerable Hierarchs and beloved brothers and...

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Easter in the Liturgical Year

Easter in the Liturgical Year

Fr. Alexander Schmemann   In the center of our liturgical life, in the very center of that time which we measure as year, we find the feast of Christ’s Resurrection. What is Resurrection? Resurrection is the appearance in this world, completely dominated by time and therefore by death, of a...

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On the Lord’s Resurrection

On the Lord’s Resurrection

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis   Before daybreak, at night, in the innards, in the belly of the grave, the Risen Lord sprang up. ‘From the belly, before the morning-star’, the heavenly Father raised Him and since then He has been our eternal High Priest. Christ’s resurrection is a special gift, the...

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Christ is risen!

Christ is risen!

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom   We are keeping today the Resurrection of Christ which is the victory of God over death but also over evil. But this victory is not won by God alone. When the Son of God became Man it is in His humanity by His Divine power that...

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The Epitaphios (The tomb of Christ)

The Epitaphios (The tomb of Christ)

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   The service of Great Saturday is effectively a funeral service for Christ, and yet it is the most colourful service of Holy Week, because we have already begun to celebrate the Resurrection. The Epitaphios which represents the tomb of Christ, is adorned with an array of...

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Christ’s Passion Overcomes Death

Christ’s Passion Overcomes Death

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   When Christians talk about death, they don’t do so with pessimism, they aren’t resigned to it, they don’t think it natural. They see it principally as an enemy which must be defeated through Christ. ‘The last enemy to be destroyed is death,...

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Great Wednesday (Matins for Great Thursday)

Great Wednesday (Matins for Great Thursday)

‘Humbled by Your loving-kindness, You washed the feet of Your disciples, directing them to the path divine’. This sentence encapsulates one of the most prominent scenes of humility in the life of Christ, an extraordinarily strange image for a teacher, a leader, someone with authority over heaven and earth. Christ...

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Great Tuesday (Matins for Great Wednesday)

Great Tuesday (Matins for Great Wednesday)

‘Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins…fulfilled the task of a myrrh-bearer and, lamenting, brought you sweet-smelling oil before your burial’. The Tropario (Hymn) of Kassiani dominates the service of matins for Great Wednesday. A sinful woman, a harlot in her body, realizes the state she’s in, undertakes...

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On the Holy Feast of the Palms

On the Holy Feast of the Palms

Saint John Chrysostom   ‘Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they made a meal for him’. Martha was serving and Lazarus ate. This was a sign of Lazarus’ real resurrection: that many days later, he...

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