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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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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Easter before Easter, the Annunciation of the Resurrection

Easter before Easter, the Annunciation of the Resurrection

Father Nikolaos Patsalos   This year, the 5th Sunday in Lent coincided with the great feast of the Mother of God, her Annunciation. We’d left the middle of Lent the previous Sunday, that of John of the Ladder, and, instead of the 5th being centred on the great desert ascetic,...

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The Feast of Feasts and the Triumph of Triumphs

The Feast of Feasts and the Triumph of Triumphs

K. Leontiev And further down the line, the return of doubting Thomas. No sooner had the reading finished than, suddenly, the bells started pealing mightily and at the same moment joyful shots were fired out in the courtyard. The monastery guards, in their kilts, were firing to the glory of...

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The Interior of the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos

The Interior of the Russian Monastery on Mount Athos

K. Leontiev It may well be that I don’t have good taste and that I don’t understand much about art, but this was my impression and I share it most sincerely with my readers. This beautiful iconostas is a gift from the late Abbot, Antonij Bochkov (a former merchant), who...

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Agape Vespers at the Russian Monastery on the Holy Mountain

Agape Vespers at the Russian Monastery on the Holy Mountain

K. Leontiev It’s always pleasant to follow a thought in another language that you know because it’ll be expressed differently from the way your native language puts it. Hearing it an a language you don’t know at all is surprising in a different way- something that’s partially secret and unfamiliar....

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Experiencing the Joy of the Resurrection on the Holy Mountain

Experiencing the Joy of the Resurrection on the Holy Mountain

K. Leontiev   The site near the sea where the Russian monastery lies isn’t among the most beautiful locations on the Holy Mountain. The areas surrounding many other monasteries are much more picturesque and attractive. The spacious monastery (all white, with green cupolas and roofs) was built without a plan-...

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The Rendition of Easter

The Rendition of Easter

Archimandrite Daniil G. Aerakis   The Resurrection continues. This is shown by the feast of the Rendition of Easter. The same messages from the night of the Resurrection are also heard at the Rendition of Easter, which is celebrated one day before the Feast of the Ascension. Every great feast...

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