Venerating the Cross of Christ

Venerating the Cross of Christ

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Thelogy of the University of Thessaloniki   In the middle of Great Lent, on the third Sunday of the fast, the Church presents the Cross for veneration by the faithful, so that they can be strengthened in their spiritual struggle, which will bring...

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Sermon on the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (part 2)

Sermon on the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (part 2)

Saint Gregory Palamas   But let’s leave all those under the old law and go on to Christ Himself, for Whom and through Whom all things were made and Who said just before the crucifixion that those who don’t take up their cross and follow Him aren’t worthy of Him....

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Sermon on the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (part 1)

Sermon on the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (part 1)

Saint Gregory Palamas   The Cross of Christ was forecast and mystically predicted from of old and no-one has ever become reconciled to God without the power of the Cross. After the transgression of our forefathers in God’s paradise, through the tree, on the one hand sin spread and, on...

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Christ’s Discussion with Nicodemus – Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

Christ’s Discussion with Nicodemus – Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   The Work of Redemption As were the Jews when they gazed upon the bronze serpent, so we, too, are cured when we see Christ crucified. Let’s investigate what this cross of Christ’s is, what its benefits are and what it teaches us. A) The cross. In...

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…so must the Son of Man be lifted up (John, 3, 14-16)

…so must the Son of Man be lifted up (John, 3, 14-16)

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   After His dialogue with Nicodemus, Christ embarks on a monologue on His own work of redemption, under three headings: revelation, redemption and judgement. In the Gospel of Saint John (3, 11), the Lord says: ‘In all truth, I say to you, we speak of what we...

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Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross (John 3:13-17)

Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross (John 3:13-17)

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes   A week before the feast day of the Universal Elevation of the Holy Cross, the Orthodox Church prepares the faithful through Scriptural readings, prayer and acts of good deeds to celebrate the event of the finding of the precious and life-giving Cross of our Lord...

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Surviving Miscarriage and Trusting the Process

Surviving Miscarriage and Trusting the Process

Joe and I started trying to get pregnant in April. But I did not expect to conceive so quickly. Having received chemotherapy to treat my multiple sclerosis, as well as radiation to manage a thyroid condition that developed in the midst of it all, I was anticipating a long journey of failed attempts...

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Elevation of the Holy Cross, September 13, 2015

Elevation of the Holy Cross, September 13, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change, on the Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis shares thoughts on this important Feast Day. When we elevate the cross in September and then when we venerate it during Great Lent, our relationship with the Cross...

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This Week in Orthodoxy, May 15, 2015

This Week in Orthodoxy, May 15, 2015

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris. These are the stories making headlines this week: • Cyprus peace talks resume. • The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia in Washington DC was...

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Divine Liturgy on the Sunday after Holy Cross

Divine Liturgy on the Sunday after Holy Cross

This is the Divine Liturgy celebrated on the Sunday after the feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross. Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories...

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