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The Apolytikion of the Forefeast of Theophany in Chinese

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The Apolytikion of the Forefeast of Theophany in Chinese

Tone Four The river Jordan once turned back before the mantle of Elisha, after Elijah had been taken up into heaven, and the waters were divided on this side and on that: the stream became a dry path before him, forming a true figure of the baptism whereby we pass over the changeful course of […]

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Jordan Turned Back

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Jordan Turned Back

The Byzantine icon of the baptism is the icon of the Holy Trinity. The Son in the streams of the river. The Spirit of Truth, in the form of a dove, is above the divine head of the Word. And above, the presence of the Father is made sensorial with a band of lines, a linear depiction of the divine voice: “This is my beloved Son…” At the lower part the river, with greatly pouring, much flowing, a visible symbol of the wealth of the given saving grace and gift.

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The Great Feast of Theophany

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The Great Feast of Theophany

Theophany is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). God the Father spoke from Heaven about the Son, the Son was baptized by the St John the Forerunner, and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son in the form of […]

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January 1st: Blessed the New Year 2013

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January 1st: Blessed the New Year 2013

 On January 1st we commemorate the Circumcision of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ; and, Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea.   Apolytikion of the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ (Mode 1)   In essence being God, most-compassionate Master, You assumed human nature without transmutation. Fulfilling the Law, of Your own […]

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January 1st: The Dual Feast of Saint Basil the Great and the Circumcision of Christ

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January 1st: The Dual Feast of Saint Basil the Great and the Circumcision of Christ

On the eighth day after His Nativity, our Lord Jesus Christ was circumcised in accordance with the Old Testament Law. All male infants underwent circumcision as a sign of God’s Covenant with the holy Forefather Abraham and his descendants (Gen. 17:10-14, Lev. 12:3). After this ritual the Divine Infant was given the name Jesus, as […]

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Basil the Great and Disfigured Christianity

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Basil the Great and Disfigured Christianity

I want to speak on Saint Basil, but I don’t want to say what is commonly told by those who write about this truly “Great” saint. Especially some theologians who are educated by the Franks, who don’t care at all about his holiness or his wisdom according to God, but rather his “classical” wisdom, his […]

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Saint Basil on Human Trafficking

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Saint Basil on Human Trafficking

Christianity has uprooted many barbaric customs from the society of man. But some of those customs – praiseworthy from the pagan point of view, but shameful from the Christian point of view – are, even to the present day, like hidden corruption oozing from a supposedly healed wound. One of these customs is the unlawful […]

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Miracle of Saint Basil the Great against the Arians

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Miracle of Saint Basil the Great against the Arians

While the wicked Emperor Valens was in Nicaea, prominent Arians approached him requesting that he drive the Orthodox from the cathedral and give it to them. The ruler, himself a heretic, forcibly removed the faithful and allowed the dissenters to occupy the building, after which he left for the Imperial City. The entire community of […]

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The Fourteen Thousand Holy Children of Bethlehem

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The Fourteen Thousand Holy Children of Bethlehem

When the Magi from the east did not return to Jerusalem from Bethlehem to inform Herod about the newborn King but rather, at the angel’s command, returned to their homeland another way, Herod became as enraged as a wild beast and ordered all the children two years old and under in Bethlehem and its surroundings […]

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On the Feast of the Nativity of Christ our Saviour by Archbishop Gregory of Thyateira and Great Britain

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On the Feast of the Nativity of Christ our Saviour by Archbishop Gregory of Thyateira and Great Britain

“The Mother of Feasts”, the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth in the form of a man, “when the empersonned brightness of the Father’s glory appeared to the human race”1: this is what we are celebrating once again this year with ineffable joy and sacred hope. Christ the God-man entered human history and […]

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The Mosaics of the Journey to Bethlehem and of the Nativity of Christ in Chora

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The Mosaics of the Journey to Bethlehem and of the Nativity of Christ in Chora

The Chora Church was originally built as part of a monastery complex outside the walls of Constantinople, to the south of the Golden Horn. Literally translated, the church’s full name is the Church of the Holy Savior in the Country. The original church on this site was built in the early 5th century, and stood […]

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Saint Proclus’ Homily for December 26th

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Saint Proclus’ Homily for December 26th

On the Incarnation of the Lord by St. Proclus of Constantinople Many different festivals brighten our manner of living, transforming by festive cycles the pain of the hardships of life. For just as those who comefrom stormy seas rejoice in harbors as if in the arms of life, so too do we, distressed by many circumstances, rejoice in […]

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