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Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese: Pascal Encyclical 2017

Resurrection 02 (Chora)

Resurrection in the Orthodox ecclesiastical understanding is the removal of sins complete atonement, complete righteousness and complete sanctification. Someone must become the sacrifice of righteousness. Who can be but the Son of God? At each and every Divine Liturgy, we partake of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Thus, Christ is the New Sin Offering – the spotless Sacrificial Bull ... Read More »

ROCOR: Pascal Encyclical 2017

Rocor Emblem

Beloved Archpastors, Honorable Fathers, Dear in the Lord Brothers and Sisters: With a heart filled with the endearing sensation of Paschal joy, I congratulate the hierarchs, clergymen, monastics, parishioners and worshipers of our churches, scattered throughout the whole world, on the joyful celebration of the glorious Resurrection of Christ, and I greet you with the angelic good news: CHRIST IS ... Read More »

ROCOR Epistle: On the 100th Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Beginning of the Godless Persecutions

Gulag-Stalin

NEW YORK: March 10, 2017 Epistle of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on the 100th Anniversary of the Tragic Revolution in Russia and Beginning of the Godless Persecutions From the Editors: As reported today from the Chancery of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Eminence Metropolitan ... Read More »

2016 Paschal Encyclical of Metropolitan Hilarion of ROCOR

Christ's Descent into Hades - Icon of the Resurrection

Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad To the Archpastors, pastors, monastics and all the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Christ is risen! Every year, we are filled with spiritual joy and ecstasy when we hear these words and reverently participate in the ... Read More »