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FEASTDAYS IN THE ORTHODOX YEAR

HOMILY FOR MID-PENTECOST

By Jesse Dominick In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. CHRIST IS RISEN! If we come to the daily services and pay close attention to the hymnography in this Paschal period, or if we read through the Pentecostarion (which is a great thing to do at home even outside of Church) we will hear ... Read More »

The Paralytic and the Pool

In early tradition, Pascha meant baptism and baptism always had a paschal feel to it. The two were inextricably linked. Archpriest Lawrence Farley | 12 May 2014 One wonders sometimes about why the Gospel story of the healing of the paralytic was chosen for the Paschal season.  One understands why the stories of Thomas and the Myrrh-bearers were chosen, but the ... Read More »

The Three Hierarchs

Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and renowned John of the Golden Speech, patron saints of all Orthodox students DEAN KALIMNIOU – NEOS KOSMOS ENGLISH EDITION – 31 JANUARY 2015 In the top drawer of my desk resides a stained chromolithograph icon of the Three Hierarchs. This was given to me by my grandmother when I was studying for my ... Read More »

Dormition of the Theotokos

Unlike the Resurrection of Christ, the mysterious character of Mary’s death, burial and ascension were not the subject of apostolic teachings extant but were preserved in the oral tradition of the Church. 19 Aug 2014 – Neos Kosmos DEAN KALIMNIOU “If her Fruit, Whom none may comprehend, on Whose account she was called a heaven, submitted of His own will ... Read More »

Pentecost: The Descent of the Holy Spirit

In the Old Testament Pentecost was the feast which occurred fifty days after Passover. As the Passover feast celebrated the exodus of the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt, so Pentecost celebrated God’s gift of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. In the new covenant of the Messiah, the Passover event takes on its new meaning as the celebration of ... Read More »

The Ascension of Christ

By Fr Kyril This Great Feast of the Lord commemorates His final moments on earth before being taken up into heaven. Jesus led His disciples to the Mount of Olives, and after blessing them and asking them to wait for the fulfillment of the promise of God the Father (which was that He would send to them the Holy Spirit), ... Read More »

Ascension

Jesus did not live with his disciples after his resurrection as he had before his death. Filled with the glory of his divinity, he appeared at different times and places to his people, assuring them that it was he, truly alive in his risen and glorified body. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing ... Read More »

POST-PASCHAL SUNDAYS

ST THOMAS SUNDAY: ANTIPASCHA Every day during the week of Pascha, called Bright Week by the Church, the paschal services are celebrated in all their splendour. The Pascha baptismal procession is repeated daily. The royal gates of the sanctuary remain open. The joy of the Resurrection and the gift of the Kingdom of eternal life continue to abound. Then, at the end ... Read More »