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THE FEAST OF MID-PENTECOST

Fr Seraphim Rose

For too many of us, perhaps, the weeks following the radiant Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ are a time of relaxation and even of indulgence; the rigors of the Fast being ended, the body revels while the spirit grows weak. But if this is unfortunately so, it is our own fault and not the fault of ... Read More »

A STRANGE SCENE IN THE ICON OF THE DORMITION

Strange scene from Icon of the Dormition of the Theotokos

By John Sanidopoulos In many icons of the Dormition of the Theotokos, one can see a strange scene near the bottom: an angel invisibly cuts off the two hands of a certain man. What is the story behind this scene? Bewailing their separation from the Mother of God, the Apostles prepared to bury Her all-pure body. A solemn procession went ... Read More »

A transition to life: The Dormition of the Mother of God

Archimandrite Ephrem (Philotheitis)

Archimandrite Ephrem (Philotheitis) Every time we celebrate the Dormition of the Mother of God, it’s as if we’re having Easter – the Easter of the summer. Our Lady the Mother of God prepares Easter for us. A glorious crossing “from death to life”. A second Easter, holy spotless, life-giving for the human race, because today “the laws of nature are ... Read More »

The Paralytic and the Pool

Icon of Paralytic from John's Gospel

  In early tradition, Pascha meant baptism and baptism always had a paschal feel to it. The two were inextricably linked. By Archpriest Lawrence Farley 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 paralytic?  ... Read More »