The Women Were the First Heralds

The Women Were the First Heralds

Since the New Testament and throughout subsequent generations of believers, “Christ is Risen!” has been at the heart of the Christian proclamation (κῆρυγμα). It is how Orthodox Christians greet one another during Paschal season. Of all the written testimony about Jesus’ life, in the four Holy Gospels, His death and...

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A Paschal Meditation

A Paschal Meditation

I have always loved science and thinking outside of the box. My frequent questions were “why” and “what if.” Needless to say, they both got me into a lot of trouble, as I had a tendency not only to think the questions but to act on them. In my early...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Pascha and the Promise of Life from Death

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Pascha and the Promise of Life from Death

“We must understand that the human person, in reality, does not die. Death is simply a transfer from one life to another.” (St. Paisios of Mt. Athos) “Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down death, and to those in the tombs, He grants life.” Whether it is...

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Bright Week at Hellenic College Holy Cross

Bright Week at Hellenic College Holy Cross

Bright Week is a very special time during the ecclesiastical year and not because it is one of the few weeks with no fasting. At Hellenic College Holy Cross, Bright Week is a joyous celebration and a literal “bright spot” amongst the hardship of school. The HCHC chapel is covered...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Miracle of Bright Week

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Miracle of Bright Week

The entire Orthodox Christian world is in the midst of celebrating the glorious afterglow of Pascha known as Bright Week. With what kind of images can we feed our minds to get the most out of this experience? I would suggest the image of the sun; not the sun itself—you...

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A Second Chance Through the Resurrection

A Second Chance Through the Resurrection

As we remember the days of Christ’s final ordeal, the Church feels an oppressive silence at the death of her Lord, a silence that penetrates to the depths of the heart of every disciple—then and now—who stand wordless before the Cross. It is the silence after an execution, when everyone...

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Cherishing the Journey of Great Lent

Cherishing the Journey of Great Lent

I was so excited for Lent this year. During the 18 years we have been Orthodox, I have never been able to attend all the mid-week services because we have lived so far from the church. One pre-sanctified was usually all I could get to and not just because of...

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The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

“He has risen.”  Mark 16:6, Pascha Whosoever is a devout lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful bright Festival. And whosoever is a grateful servant, let him joyously enter into the joy of his Lord. And if any be weary with fasting, let him now receive his reward. If...

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When Easter is a Second Chance

When Easter is a Second Chance

The wheel on our unbalanced shopping cart squeaks as our family speeds around the corner aisle of the local grocery store. Shoppers around us raise an eyebrow as they overhear our list of items being checked off. Some think we have lost track of the calendar. Others believe we have...

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Fasting, The Orthodox Christian Way

Fasting, The Orthodox Christian Way

How are you fasting during Great Lent?  This year, the Orthodox Church began its forty-day fasting period (more than 40 this year!) on Monday, March 14th, in preparation for Great and Holy Easter (Pascha) on May 1st.  The date this year is especially far from Western Christian Easter, which will...

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