Great Tuesday (Matins for Great Wednesday)

Great Tuesday (Matins for Great Wednesday)

‘Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins…fulfilled the task of a myrrh-bearer and, lamenting, brought you sweet-smelling oil before your burial’. The Tropario (Hymn) of Kassiani dominates the service of matins for Great Wednesday. A sinful woman, a harlot in her body, realizes the state she’s in, undertakes...

Read more
Our Life is Hidden with Christ in God

Our Life is Hidden with Christ in God

When we consider the hymns and readings of these initial days of Holy Week, we see that we are not just encountering the suffering and resurrected Christ, but the end of history itself and the end of the ages, when the Divine Bridegroom will return, and when the Bridal Chamber—which...

Read more
Holy Tuesday

Holy Tuesday

I did something luxurious tonight: I went to Bridegroom Orthos. Alone. I’m going to say right here and now lest anyone think I’m complaining, I do not wish for these years when my children are so small and needy, so dear and so exhausting, to speed by. Years already pass...

Read more