I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 2)

I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 2)

Holy Monastery of St John the Vaptist, Kareas Attikis   The resurrection of the dead, then, will certainly take place. The angel’s trumpet will definitely sound (Rev. 11, 15-18). What is important for us, however, is that we should have accomplished something in our life on earth towards the sanctification...

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We don’t reach Infinity by Adding Numbers

We don’t reach Infinity by Adding Numbers

Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae   In Saint John Chrysostom’s homily which we read on the night of the Resurrection, we hear: ‘Let no one grieve at their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one bewail their trespasses, for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one...

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‘The Day of the Resurrection’

‘The Day of the Resurrection’

Greek Byzantine Choir   Listen now ‘The Day of the Resurrection’, the doxastiko at Lauds, Easter Matins, set to music by Iakovos Protopsaltis and recorded at a concert in Ghent which took place on 19/4/2012. Recorded by V. Zakharis, image by I. Panousakis. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX...

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Disbelief and God’s Tolerance of it

Disbelief and God’s Tolerance of it

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) God’s tolerance, as a consequence of the mystery of divine self-emptying, is not limited to the Cross and burial. It continues after the Resurrection. The risen Lord had no wish to impose the glad tidings of the Resurrection on anyone, nor did He oblige people...

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The Doubt of St. Thomas

The Doubt of St. Thomas

John 20:24-25 But Thomas, (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in...

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I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 1)

I Await the Resurrection of the Dead (part 1)

Holy Monastery of St John the Vaptist, Kareas Attikis   It’s the event that each and every one of us can be absolutely sure of: sooner or later death will come to us. Yet, for most people, the end of life remains greatly undesirable and is to be firmly resisted....

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Christ’s Resurrection

Christ’s Resurrection

Saint John Chrysostom   Really convincing proof of the Resurrection is the fact that Christ, Who was sacrificed on the Cross, showed such great strength that He persuaded people who lived in various different places to disregard their faith, homeland, families, friends and relations and even their life. They did...

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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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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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