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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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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Condemned by a tree, Saved by the Tree

Condemned by a tree, Saved by the Tree

When Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished”; and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.  John 19:30  (Gospel of the Ninth Hour on Good Friday Morning) Great and Holy Friday    Good morning Prayer Team! In Genesis, we read that God created the world in...

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Behold the Bridegroom

Behold the Bridegroom

This evening I would like to offer a few thoughts and reflections on the hymn, which is so characteristic of these first days of Holy Week, “Behold the Bridegroom is Coming.” This hymn is directly inspired by the Parable of the Ten Virgins in the Gospel of Matthew, and virtually...

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Sermon for the Beginning of Holy Week  and the Raising of Lazarus

Sermon for the Beginning of Holy Week and the Raising of Lazarus

By the grace of God, we have completed the Fast, and have now set our foot on the bridge leading from Great Lent to Holy Week. Holy Week is called “Holy and Great Week,” or simply “Great Week” (Μεγάλη Ἑβδομάς), and is “great,” in the words of St. John Chrysostom,...

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