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FEASTDAYS IN THE ORTHODOX YEAR

Christmas – Recalling Historical Events

  Fr Evan Battalis For generations in the Old Testament period the world awaited the arrival of the Saviour – The Birth of Christ. The Prophets of The Old Testament foretold this and it took place at the time elected by God for the salvation of mankind – “Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven ... 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 »

Homily on the Nativity of the Theotokos – St. John of Kronstadt

We solemnly celebrate, dear brothers and sisters, the Nativity of the Most Holy Virgin Mary from her barren parents, pious Joachim and Anna. The Holy Church established this feast during the first centuries of the Christian Faith. The event that we celebrate—the birth of the God-Chosen maiden—brought joy to all the world, for the God-man, Jesus Christ, Who shone forth ... Read More »

The Holy Belt of the Theotokos

By Matushka Constantina Today we commemorate the holy belt of the Theotokos – the only surviving relic of the Virgin Mary. According to Tradition, the Apostle Thomas was the only apostle absent at the dormition of the Mother of God. He was grieved to learn of this, but suddenly found himself witnessing the Virgin’s ascent to Heaven. He pleaded with ... Read More »

ON THE LEAVE-TAKING OF THE DORMITION

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are still in the light of the Feast of the Falling asleep of the Mother of God. On Wednesday [2014—Friday] we are keeping the last day of this Feast which in the calendar is called the “Leave-taking” and which, if we translate the ... Read More »

A Homily On The Dormition Of The Mother Of God

By Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica I thank the Lord and the Most Holy Mother of God that He has willed to embellish this feast day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos through the angelic voices of the children who sang so beautifully. This reminds me of the days of my youth, before the war, when I was a ... Read More »

THE DORMITION IS A TRIUMPH OF LIFE

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Today we celebrate the day of the Dormition, the repose of the Most Holy Virgin Mother of God. This is our patronal feast, but it is also the patronal feast of the whole Russian Church from ancient times. How can we celebrate the Dormition? ... Read More »

THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS

A homily on the commemoration of the Procession of the Cross and the Seven Maccabean Marytrs with their mother Solomonia and the priest Eleazar. By Fr. Seraphim Holland   In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Brothers and sisters, today is the Procession of the Cross which we celebrate on the first of August, and ... Read More »

Overcoming the Vice of Anger

The ability to keep silent is very highly valued in human society. Not without reason is it said that silence is golden, but the word is silver. A silent person is able to control his thoughts, words, and actions. It is for this reason that silence was (and still is) so highly appreciated in the ascetic practice of the Church. ... Read More »