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Journey of the Cross (1st August – 14th September)

SERMON ON THE NATIVITY OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

The birth of any person is a mysterious event. This is not just another event for the registrar; a new being is come into the world, filled with inextricable mystery. In fact: what will this newborn person bring to the world, and what will life give him? This is why parents and relatives greet each new child with awe and ... Read More »

DISCOURSE ON THE NATIVITY OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

By St. Andrew, Archbisop of Crete The present feastday is for us the beginning of feastdays. Serving as boundary limit to the law and to foretypes, it at the same time serves as a doorway to grace and truth. “For Christ is the end of the law” (Rom 10:4), Who, having freed us from the writing, doth raise us to spirit. ... Read More »

September 1: The Ecclesiastical New Year

September 1 is the beginning of the Orthodox ecclesiastical year. According to Tradition, it was on September 1 that our Lord and Saviour entered the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth and was given to read a scroll from the prophet Isiah. It was customary at that time for the Jewish male to read in the synagogue once he had ... Read More »

SERMON ON THE DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS

By St John of Kronstadt “Magnify O my soul, the honourable Translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven.” (Refrain for the 9th Ode of the Canon) Let us be happy, beloved brothers and sisters that we belong to the Holy Orthodox Church, worthily and rightly glorifying the Most Holy Sovereign Theotokos on this eminent day out of ... Read More »

A STRANGE SCENE IN THE ICON OF THE DORMITION

By John Sanidopoulos In many icons of the Dormition of the Theotokos, one can see a strange scene near the bottom: an angel invisibly cuts off the two hands of a certain man. What is the story behind this scene? Bewailing their separation from the Mother of God, the Apostles prepared to bury Her all-pure body. A solemn procession went ... Read More »

A transition to life: The Dormition of the Mother of God

Archimandrite Ephrem (Philotheitis) Every time we celebrate the Dormition of the Mother of God, it’s as if we’re having Easter – the Easter of the summer. Our Lady the Mother of God prepares Easter for us. A glorious crossing “from death to life”. A second Easter, holy spotless, life-giving for the human race, because today “the laws of nature are ... Read More »

ON THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS

By Jesse Dominick There are many feasts of the Mother of God, commemorating the events of her life, her intercessions for us after her death, and her innumerable miraculous icons. Her most significant and solemn feast is certainly her Dormition which includes her bodily Assumption, commemorated on August 15/28 and preceded by two weeks of fasting. The feast is often ... Read More »

THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS ICON

Together, the Great Feasts serve to tell us the story of the Incarnation, which has its climax in the centre of the year with the celebration of the “Feast of Feasts” – Pascha. It is therefore fitting that the first Great Feast of the Church year, which begins in September, is that of theNativity of the Theotokos. The early life ... Read More »