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Why was the stone rolled away from the entry to the tomb?

Elder Epifanios Theodoropoulos   There can hardly be any Christian believer who doesn’t know that an angel descended from heaven and rolled away…

Apr 15, 2017

‘You Who clothed Yourself with light as a garment’ – Great Friday Vespers

‘You Who clothed Yourself with light as a garment’. Hymn at the taking down from the Cross, Great Friday Vespers. Sung in plagial tone 1 by Elder Iakovos,…

Apr 14, 2017

A brief journey through the events of Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection

Fr. Michael Kardamakis   All of the events of Holy Week represent an attempt by man, in his freedom to love, to share in the sacrificial love of God,…

Apr 14, 2017

In the Middle East, death is defeated on the Cross

Dimitrios Athanasiou   In recent years, particularly after the uprising among the Arab peoples, with the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ after 2011, Christians…

Apr 13, 2017

The Twelve Gospels

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   I am probably in serious trouble for saying that, so allow me to quickly move on before I really put my foot…

Apr 13, 2017

“If this is how you see Christ, then Holy Week won’t mean a thing to you…”

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   Holy Week is the heart of the Christian Orthodox Faith and the centre of the yearly cycle of Christian Feasts….

Apr 12, 2017

“In tears, the harlot…” – Hymns of Holy Wednesday

Archimandrite Pavlos chants hymns of Holy Wednesday. Source:     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian…

Apr 12, 2017

Red eggs, traditional method

James W. Lillie   On Lazarus Saturday, I realized I couldn’t find my copy of the services for Great Week, so, naturally, I went down to the local…

Apr 11, 2017

Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders (Part 3)

Andreas Christoforou   I saw Saint Païsios on a good number of occasions between 1979 and 1994, when he departed this life. Except for one time,…

Apr 10, 2017

The end of the fast and the ‘air’ of asceticism

Having completed the forty days that bring profit to our soul, we beseech You, in Your love for us: May we behold the Holy Week of Your Passion that in…

Apr 09, 2017

Worship, LIVE Services of Holy and Great Week

In collaboration with the website, PEMPTOUSIA and OCN will provide live streaming on a daily basis of the Services of Holy and Great…

Apr 08, 2017

Repentance, as I learned it from contemporary Saints and Elders (Part 2)

Andreas Christoforou   Then you can forgive others, as we said above. So you receive the remission of sins in prayer first and this is necessary so…

Apr 08, 2017