Recollections of Great Week on the Holy Mountain

Recollections of Great Week on the Holy Mountain

K. Leontiev   The Great Week of the Passion arrives. And in honour of Christ, to the glory of God, human efforts become even more intense. The divine services become longer and with shorter intervals between them, food even more frugal, time for sleep and rest even briefer. The moral...

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Historic 15th Annual Washing of the Feet Service by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

Historic 15th Annual Washing of the Feet Service by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

At the last supper our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ kneeled down and washed the dirty feet of each of his disciples. Imagine what your feet would look like if you traveled all over the desert of the Holy Land in nothing but sandals. Yet Christ washed them. The Niptir...

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A brief journey through the events of Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection

A brief journey through the events of Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection

Fr. Michael Kardamakis   All of the events of Holy Week represent an attempt by man, in his freedom to love, to share in the sacrificial love of God, that is to say, the mystery of salvation, by following the rigorous spiritual discipline of the Church. This discipline does not...

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“If this is how you see Christ, then Holy Week won’t mean a thing to you…”

“If this is how you see Christ, then Holy Week won’t mean a thing to you…”

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   Holy Week is the heart of the Christian Orthodox Faith and the centre of the yearly cycle of Christian Feasts. Every year our churches are packed at Holy Week and, come the last three days, they are bursting at the seams with both people who attend...

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“In tears, the harlot…” – Hymns of Holy Wednesday

“In tears, the harlot…” – Hymns of Holy Wednesday

Archimandrite Pavlos chants hymns of Holy Wednesday. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to create a national, sustainable, and effective media witness...

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The Icon of Extreme Humility

The Icon of Extreme Humility

On or around Holy Week last year, I stopped in our church office. A beautiful icon was on the table as I entered. In all my years, I did not remember ever seeing it before. It was the icon of Extreme Humility. As I venerated this icon, I wondered about...

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Worship, LIVE Services of Holy and Great Week

Worship, LIVE Services of Holy and Great Week

In collaboration with the website  www.agiazoni.gr, PEMPTOUSIA and OCN will provide live streaming on a daily basis of the Services of Holy and Great Week from the church of Ayia Zoni (the Holy Girdle of the Mother of God), Patisia, Athens, Greece. The “live” services of the Holy Week will...

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Entering in Holy Week

Entering in Holy Week

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) Joseph the Fair leads the chorus of those celebrating God’s condescension in going to His voluntary passion, an event of universal significance. In his person, the Gospel messages of reconciliation, forgiveness, restraint and purity of heart find their application. He may not have heard the...

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Waiting and Being

Waiting and Being

It’s Holy Week, and my cat is dying. She is old, older than we had thought, and her kidneys are diseased. Other than alleviating her symptoms, there is nothing we can do. There is no cure for this. So we hydrate her, feed her, pet her, cuddle her, love her,...

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And God “Rested”

And God “Rested”

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light” and there was light....

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