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Holy Week 2016 - Epitaphios Service

Holy Week 2016 – Epitaphios Service

  The Matins of Holy Saturday are usually celebrated on Friday night. They begin in the normal way with the singing of God is the Lord, the troparion The Noble Joseph, and the following troparia: When Thou didst descend to […]

Holy Week 2016 - Decorating of the Epitaphios

Holy Week 2016 – Decorating of the Epitaphios

On Friday night, the Matins of Holy and Great Saturday, a unique service known as the The Lamentation at the Tomb (Epitáphios Thrēnos) is celebrated. This service is also sometimes called Jerusalem Matins. Much of the service takes place around the tomb […]

Holy Week 2016 - Holy Thursday night

Holy Week 2016 – Holy Thursday night

The commemorations of Holy Friday begin with the Matins service of the day which is conducted on Thursday evening. The service is a very unique Matins service with twelve Gospel readings that begin with Christ’s discourse at the Last Supper […]

Holy Week 2016 - Sacrament of the Holy Unction

Holy Week 2016 – Sacrament of the Holy Unction

The Sacrament of the Holy Unction is an enduring sacrament of faith for healing the sick and forgiving sins, with the most familiar celebration of the sacrament on Great Wednesday of HolyWeek

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Theosis

Theosis

Theosis “God became human so that human beings may become God” (St Athanasius) Introduction In the history of theology, one can detect quite different, but not necessarily opposing emphases in the understanding of redemption in the Western and Eastern Churches. In […]

The Prayers

The Prayers

The Prayer WHY DO WE PRAY If we pray for personal needs only, because we need something, then the most necessary ingredient in relationship is missing: love. In order to establish and maintain a relationship (a dialogue, a communion), our […]

Power to do all that the Theotokos wills

Power to do all that the Theotokos wills

Mary’s intercession and mediation, therefore, are not only incomparably greater but incomparably different in nature from those of the Angels and Saints. The intercessions of all other Saints are only supplicatory in nature. Without Mary the Mother of the Incarnate […]

Seven characteristics of Orthodox Christian Spirituality

Seven characteristics of Orthodox Christian Spirituality

1. TRINITARIAN: I believe in one God, the Father All mighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s Christmas Message

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s Christmas Message

On The Feast of the Nativity of Christ our Saviour 2015 Prot. No. 1172 CHRISTMAS ENCYCLICAL   + 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 […]

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Holy Week 2016 - Lamentation

Holy Week 2016 – Lamentation

The Lamentations (1) In the grave they laid Thee, O My Life and My Christ And the armies of the Angels was so amazed, As they sang the praise of Thy submissive love! (2) O my sweet Lord Jesus My […]

Blessing of the Waters 2016 Video

Blessing of the Waters 2016 Video

About the beginning of our Lord’s thirtieth year, John the Forerunner, who was some six months older than Our Saviour according to the flesh, and had lived in the wilderness since his childhood, received a command from God and came […]