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Advent (Preparation for Dodecaimera)

THE PROMISE TO ABRAHAM FULFILLED IN CHRIST

St. Ireaneus, Against Heresies, Book 4, Chapters 7, 10, 11, 23 Therefore Abraham also, knowing the Father through the Word, who made heaven and earth, confessed Him to be God; and having learned, by an announcement [made to him], that the Son of God would be a man among men, by whose advent his seed should be as the stars ... Read More »

SAINT GEORGE KARSLIDIS – ON FORTY LITURGIES

By Monk Moses the Athonite *1. When he would Liturgize he would become another man. Those attending church would hear various sounds from the Holy Altar from his heavenly visitors. They would kneel and chant “Lord have mercy”. *2. One day the Saint said to his chanter: “I had so many saints today that I didn’t have enough room to ... Read More »

THE DIVINE FORTY LITURGIES AND THE NATIVITY FAST

The Nativity Fast in the Orthodox Church begins on November 15th. From that time until December 17th (or some observe December 12th) we fast from meat, milk products, and eggs, though fish is allowed. After the 17th (or 12th) we fast also from fish. But fasting from food, according to the command of our Lord, must go hand in hand ... Read More »

HOW DID THE CONTEMPORARY NATIVITY FAST COME TO BE?

The first mention of a preparatory period before Christmas is mentioned in a decree of the Council of Saragossa (380). The Council Fathers stated that every Christian should daily go to church from December 17 until the Theophany (January 6th). At the Synod of Mac (581) in Gaul (present day France) it was decreed that from November 11, the day ... Read More »