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THE FEAST OF MID-PENTECOST AND THE PENTECOSTARION

The fifty days following Pascha until the Feast of Pentecost are known as the period of the Pentecostarion in the Orthodox Church. At the mid-point between these great feasts of Pascha and Pentecost, on the twenty-fifth day which is always a Wedneday, is one of the most beloved feasts for the most devout Orthodox Christians known quit simply as Mid-Pentecost. ... Read More »

A STRANGE SCENE IN THE ICON OF THE DORMITION

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 Pertinent Reflection: The Need to Rediscover and Learn of Christianity’s Mystagogical Character

Prologue Not too long ago at Mode Of Life we received a comment on one of our published articles from one of the weblog’s visitors which expressed the following: “Salvation by grace; sanctification by aesthetic practices of Orthodox traditions. Really!!! Gal. 3:3 Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? For did you suffer so ... Read More »