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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 »

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople: Christmas Encyclical 2015

  + BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the plenitude of the Church Grace, mercy and peace from the newborn Savior Christ in Bethlehem Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, The sweetness of the holy night of Christmas once again embraces the world. In the midst of human toil and suffering, crisis and ... Read More »

A Brief Christmas Message from a Parish Priest

On the 25th of this month, we observe the Birth in the flesh of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ.  God is the newly-born, and virgin is the Mother! What other greater New-thing has creation ever seen? On the same Day, we observe the veneration of the Magi. By venerating You, O Word of God, the order of ... 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 »