The Old Testament Readings in the Triodio

The Old Testament Readings in the Triodio

Georgios Zaravelas, Theologian   Great Lent is the most holy and the most conservative time in the liturgical year. Among the ancient ritual customs during this period is the particular arrangement of the readings of extracts from books of the Old Testament. In the 7th century, such readings formed the...

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Hymns after Psalm 50 in the Triodio, by Dimosthenis Païkopoulos (Open to me the gates of repentance – The multitude of my past iniquities)

Hymns after Psalm 50 in the Triodio, by Dimosthenis Païkopoulos (Open to me the gates of repentance – The multitude of my past iniquities)

The period of the Triodio and Great Lent is very important for the spiritual life of the Church. This is because it prepares us properly for our participation in the greatest feast of the Church, the Lord’s Resurrection. The content of the hymns and the melodic accompaniment with which they...

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Some Thoughts on the Period of the Triodio

Some Thoughts on the Period of the Triodio

Archimandrite Theodosios Martzoukhos   …Here is Paradise and Hell’s here, too (Greek folk song) … as the shepherd separates the goats from the sheep (the Gospel) There are many people, both in older times and now, who reject the metaphysical version of the continuation of our lives in a state...

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The Sunday of the Prodigal Son

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son

From the Kyriakodromion of Monk Agapios God is always good and kind to everyone, more than patient with us. But He manifests His great goodness in particular towards those who are sinning. It looks as though He burdens the righteous on all sides and doesn’t give them any respite, yet He’s much...

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The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Monk Agapios From the Kyriakodromion of Monk Agapios The Holy Fathers of the Church have commanded us to sing and read today about the case and parable of the Publican and the Pharisee, in order that we might prepare for the spiritual struggles and warfare of Holy Lent, which is approaching. This...

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The Prodigal Son: Like a dead man even before he died in the body

The Prodigal Son: Like a dead man even before he died in the body

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   The Prodigal Son lived aimlessly and wasted all the wealth his father gave him. When he’d spent it all, a famine struck the far-off country where he was and he himself began to starve. In this distant country, far removed from God, there’s always a famine,...

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God’s Great Love For Us

God’s Great Love For Us

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘He became angry and did not want to go in’ The parable of the Prodigal Son, which is read in churches today, is held by commentators to be a pearl among the parables, or the ‘Gospel within the Gospel’. Some call...

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Thoughts on the Triodio

Thoughts on the Triodio

Serafeim Manolis   We’re entering the Triodio, the period of contrition in the liturgical year during which hymns are sung which are very deep and powerful. The hymns of the Triodio reveal the dread mysteries and the conditions for eternal life. It’s a genuine and true study of death which...

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Self-Righteousness and Humility

Self-Righteousness and Humility

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Thelogy of the University of Thessaloniki   Today’s Gospel reading (Luke 18, 10-14), presents two types of people who are typical of their kind, a Pharisee and a Publican (Tax-Collector), praying in the Temple. They represent the two opposite poles of society at...

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Dimitirios Magouris: ‘Open to me the gates of repentance’

Dimitirios Magouris: ‘Open to me the gates of repentance’

The pre-cleansing period of the Triodio will bring us to the gates of Great Lent. It’s a period of intense liturgical activity and spiritual watchfulness, as demonstrated by the poetic discourse of these days. The hymns which follow the reading of Psalm 50 have a special place among those sung...

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