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Pascal Period: Pentecostarion (Triodion of the Roses)

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 »

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 »

The Feastday of Pentecost

“We have seen the True Light; we have received the Heavenly Spirit; we have found the true Faith, in worshipping the indivisible Trinity; for He has saved us”. (Sticheron at Saturday Great Vespers for Pentecost Sunday)  Introductory Remarks The feastday of Pentecost (Greek: Πεντηκοστή, “the Fiftieth [day]”) is one of the prominent feasts within the Orthodox Christian liturgical year which ... Read More »