The Service of the Bridegroom (Monday Evening)

The Service of the Bridegroom (Monday Evening)

This Orthros service otherwise known as the Bridegroom Service is conducted on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights. The themes throughout these services are based chiefly on the last days of Jesus’ earthly life. These first three days constitute a single liturgical unit. They have the same cycle and system of...

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Holy Week in the Holy City

Holy Week in the Holy City

This video montage takes you through some of the highlights of Holy Week in the Holy City of Jerusalem. We start on Holy Monday morning with a Hierarchical Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts and proceed through the entire week to the Lamentations of Holy Friday. Celebrating Holy Week services in...

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Holy Week or Holy Weekend?

Holy Week or Holy Weekend?

Listen Now.  Do you participate in a holy week, or a holy weekend? We welcome back Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, the pastor of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, to offer a summary of the services of Holy Week and a proper perspective to aid our participation. This interview...

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Holy Unction

Holy Unction

Some people have told me that when they are in the hospital, they hate to see a priest enter a patient’s room because they regard his visit as a harbinger of doom. That is, they have heard of the sacrament of “Extreme Unction” that the Church insists on giving to...

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The Most Popular Orthodox Christian Video on YouTube

The Most Popular Orthodox Christian Video on YouTube

There are some 66,800 videos related to “Orthodox Christianity” on YouTube, but only one with over 1 million views. It’s a hauntingly beautiful rendition of a famous hymn from Holy Week, chanted by the renown Byzantine chanter Nikodemos Kabarnos, now ordained to the priesthood. Edited so as to appear it...

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Pascha Encyclical of the Assembly of Bishops

Pascha Encyclical of the Assembly of Bishops

This is the day of resurrection. Let us be illumined by the feast. Let us embrace each other. Let us call “brothers” even those that hate us, and forgive all by the resurrection, and so let us cry: Christ is Risen from the Dead! (Doxastikon of Pascha) To the Reverend...

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Receiving the Holy Fire Once Again

Receiving the Holy Fire Once Again

We have just celebrated the Miracle of the Holy Fire in Taybeh in a most magnificent way at the outskirts of our village at approximately 5:30 pm local time on this Great and Holy Saturday, after waiting all afternoon when this great miracle occurred once again in Jerusalem. “O Gladsome...

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Breaking News: Horses Cause Calendar Controversy

Breaking News: Horses Cause Calendar Controversy

This Paschal season, there has been a calendar controversy that has been missed by most of the Orthodox world. This is shocking because controversy loves to rear its head during Great Lent. If you don’t know about it, you are forgiven. It’s a local problem only affecting approximately 2000 Orthodox...

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Icons in Sound: St. Basil the Great

Icons in Sound: St. Basil the Great

Holy Week presents us with powerful experiences, liturgically and musically. On “Icons in Sound,” Vlad Morosan explores some of the musical and hymnographic highlights of Great and Holy Week, featuring beautiful hymns from the Byzantine and Slavic traditions sung, for the most part, in English.

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