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Third Sunday of Pascha: The Myrrh-bearing Women

Mark 15:43-16:6 By St. Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria *42-47. Now when the evening was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a noble counsellor, who also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and asked for the Body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered ... Read More »

SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN

By Dr Philip Kariatlis   PART I Two weeks after Easter – known in the liturgical calendar as the third Sunday of Pascha – the Orthodox Church celebrates two events, which are recounted in the Gospel reading designated for the Divine Liturgy of that day (Mark 15:43 – 16:8). Firstly, the day honours the action taken by Joseph of Arimathea, ... Read More »

SAINT THOMAS – THE APOSTLE FULL OF FAITH

In the Orthodox Church, the feast day of St Thomas, the faithful disciple of the risen Lord, also known as ‘the Twin’ (Didymus)[1] is celebrated precisely one week after Easter – that is, on the Sunday following Pascha, which is known both as the ‘Sunday of Thomas’ and the ‘After-feast of Pascha’ (Antipascha). Even though popular piety has wrongly attributed ... Read More »

Sunday of Holy Pascha

  A little before midnight on the Blessed Sabbath the Nocturne service is chanted. The celebrant goes to the tomb and removes the winding-sheet. He carries it through the royal doors and places it on the altar table where it remains for forty days until the day of Ascension. At midnight the Paschal procession begins. The people leave the church building singing: ... Read More »

Holy Week

16 Apr 2014 DEAN KALIMNIOU “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures; and that He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve; after that, He ... Read More »

SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE FOR GREAT LENT AND HOLY WEEK

The Church Fathers have much to say about how we should approach Great Lent and Holy Week in all its aspects – fasting, prayer, our actions. They recognise that simply going through the motions of abstaining from certain kinds of foods while not paying attention to how we live our lives amounts to following the letter of the law, not ... Read More »

The Lenten Prayer of Saint Ephraim explained

A SPIRITUAL CHECKLIST Orthodox Christians recite a prayer during Great Lent that is described by Fr. Alexander Schmemann as a “check list” for our spiritual lives. This prayer, given by St. Ephraim the Syrian in the fourth century, is commonly called the “Lenten Prayer:” O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust ... Read More »

THE SIXTH WEEK OF GREAT LENT

Being disclosed in a Canon of the 5th week, the Gospel parable about the rich man and Lazarus serves as the subject of hymns also in the 6th week. The Holy Church calls us “to run from the cruelty and hatred of mankind of the rich man and to emulate the fortitude and long-suffering of Lazarus” and to beg the ... Read More »

The Journey of Great Lent

When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going. Thus with Lent. Above all, Lent is a spiritual journey and its destination is Easter, “the Feast of Feasts.” It is the preparation for the “fulfillment of Pascha, the true Revelation.” We must begin, therefore, by trying to understand this connection between Lent and Easter, for ... Read More »

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Holy and Great Lent

CATECHETICAL HOMILY For Holy and Great Lent + B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church: Grace and Peace from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ And Prayers, Blessings and Forgiveness from us “Behold, now is the favorable time, now is ... Read More »