The Rendition of Easter

The Rendition of Easter

Archimandrite Daniel 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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Prefiguration of the Resurrection in the Easter Canon

Prefiguration of the Resurrection in the Easter Canon

Mihail 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 sublime...

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The Resurrection in the Orthodox Church

The Resurrection in the Orthodox Church

Saint Justin Popovich In the Orthodox Church, the Resurrection is not merely the ‘feast of feasts’, but the all-embracing feast, which is the soul of all the others and is always present in them. In it we find all the divine and theanthropic powers of the Saviour, which crush every...

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Easter Sunday, The Feasts of all Feasts

Easter Sunday, The Feasts of all Feasts

A weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network Have you ever stopped to think why we go to church on Sunday? What’s so special about that day? Well, we find out today, on Pascha, the greatest day of the year. Today, you know, we celebrate the greatest feast of the...

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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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