The Twelve Gospels

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 in it. Let us now turn our attention to the service of Great Friday that takes place on Thursday evening. At this service, we...

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What Great Thursday tells us

What Great Thursday tells us

On our journey to Pascha, we are reminded of the Lord’s desire for unity of his flock, that he wishes us to be as one.  The importance of this wish is reflected in the Divine Eucharist because to be in communion with God, we must first be in communion with...

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The Power of a Kiss

The Power of a Kiss

When I was a little girl I would spend a few weeks in the summer with my Greek grandmother (Yiayia) and grandfather (Papou). They immigrated from Greece in their young adulthood and settled in a small mill town in Pennsylvania. Yiayia loved to hold my head with both hands and...

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Holy Thursday — Passion Service

Holy Thursday — Passion Service

On Great and Holy Friday the Orthodox Church commemorates the death of Christ on the Cross. This is the culmination of the observance of His Passion by which our Lord suffered and died for our sins. This commemoration begins on Thursday evening with the Matins of Holy Friday and concludes...

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