Division and Content of the 24 Verses of the Akathistos Hymn

Division and Content of the 24 Verses of the Akathistos Hymn

Theodore Rokas   The Service of the Akathistos Hymn is sung at Mattins on the Saturday of the fifth week of Lent or in the evening of Friday of that week, attached to the service of Small Compline. It is sung in full on these days, but in parts on...

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Celebrating the Theotokos Throughout the Calendar Year

Celebrating the Theotokos Throughout the Calendar Year

When I was growing up, I never really gave Mary, the mother of Jesus, much thought, except at Christmas. We were a church-going family, and our church did the whole Sunday School Christmas play thing. That’s when Mary came front and centre. Who would play her? She was, after all,...

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The Incarnation of God, the Good News of the New Testament and the Mother of God

The Incarnation of God, the Good News of the New Testament and the Mother of God

Alexandros Christodoulou With His incarnation, His humanization, God entered the innermost core of our lives in the most obvious way. He entered our circulatory system, our heart, the centre of everything, the centre of the universe. After He’d been expelled from our world, our body and our soul through our...

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Christmas and the Celebration of Life

Christmas and the Celebration of Life

Is there a more thrilling time of year than Advent? It always seems a little easier to smile during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. There’s more music in the air, more light in the heart. Growing up as a fairly typical American kid, Christmas was just as much...

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Address on the Feast of Our Most Holy Lady – 2

Address on the Feast of Our Most Holy Lady – 2

Archbishop Theofylaktos of Ochrid This is today’s feast, the event we’re celebrating today, the escorting of the maiden to the Temple and her introduction into the Holy of Holies. What a strange event! What an astonishing thing it is that we hear! A little girl living in the fathomless and...

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Address on the Feast of Our Most Holy Lady – 1

Address on the Feast of Our Most Holy Lady – 1

Archbishop Theofylaktos of Ochrid Address on the Feast of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God, when she was taken by her Parents to the Temple All too often the “remembrance of the righteous which is accompanied by encomia” is an opportunity to censure the person praising if he...

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The Presentation of the Mother of God

The Presentation of the Mother of God

Vladimir Lossky The typology of icon The Presentation or Entry (είσοδος) of the Mother of God in the Temple (November 21st) does not belong to the most ancient festivals of the Church. None the less, it must be earlier than the end of the VIIth century, since St. Andrew of...

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An Icon of Human Freedom (part 2)

An Icon of Human Freedom (part 2)

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia Sharing, Silence, Suffering If the Mother of God at the moment of the Annunciation is a true icon of human freedom, of authentic liberty and liberation, then her actions and reactions in the events that follow shortly afterwards in St. Luke’s Gospel illustrate three basic...

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An Icon of Human Freedom (part 1)

An Icon of Human Freedom (part 1)

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia Am I not free? (1 Corinthians 9:1) God persuades, He does not compel; for violence is foreign to Him. (Epistle to Diognetus VII, 4) What Shall We Offer?  In an Orthodox hymn used at Vespers on Christmas Eve, the Virgin Mary is seen as the...

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Celebrating the Love of the Theotokos

Celebrating the Love of the Theotokos

As a sinful follower of Jesus Christ, my ultimate goal is to see God and His kingdom. When I first became Orthodox, the one I’ve turned to for guidance is the Theotokos. She is the most pure, totally devoted to serving and worshipping God. Because of her, and through her,...

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