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THE CELEBRATION OF HOLY UNCTION IN HONG KONG

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THE CELEBRATION OF HOLY UNCTION IN HONG KONG

On Holy and Great Wednesday evening, Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Unction at Saint Luke Cathedral in Hong Kong. Holy Unction  is a sacramental act whereby the Church seeks wholeness and well-being for its members, especially the sick and the suffering. The service of Holy Unction consists […]

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SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM-HOMILY 71 ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

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SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM-HOMILY 71 ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

  John 13:1 And He took His garments, and having sat down again, said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? And what follows. 1. A grievous thing, beloved, a grievous thing it is to come to the depths of wickedness; for then the soul becomes hard to be restored. Wherefore we […]

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THEOLOGY AND EUCHARIST

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THEOLOGY AND EUCHARIST

  The actual state of Orthodox theology must be characterized by two words: confusion and awakening. By confusion, I mean an obvious lack of unity among Orthodox theologians: unity of theological language, unity of method, consensus as to the nature of questions and the mode of their solution. Our theology develops in a plurality of […]

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THE LAST SUPPER

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THE LAST SUPPER

Two events shape the liturgy of Great and Holy Thursday: the Last Supper of Christ with His disciples, and the betrayal of Judas. The meaning of both is in love. The Last Supper is the ultimate revelation of God’s redeeming love for man, of love as the very essence of salvation. And the betrayal of […]

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HOLY THURSDAY-COMMENTS ON THE MAIN THEMES

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HOLY THURSDAY-COMMENTS ON THE MAIN THEMES

  On Great Thursday the focus of the Church turns to the events that occurred in the Upper Room and at the Garden of Gethsemane. In the Upper Room, while at meal, Jesus established and instituted the mystery or sacrament of the holy Eucharist and washed the feet of His disciples as well. The Garden […]

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HOLY AND GREAT THURSDAY

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HOLY AND GREAT THURSDAY

  In the divine services for this day the events which preceded the procession of the Savior to his voluntary passion are recalled: the fulfillment of Jesus Christ of the final Passover evening meal with the washing of feet and the establishment of the mystery of the Eucharist and the betrayal of Judas. In the […]

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SYNAXARION OF HOLY AND GREAT THURSDAY

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SYNAXARION OF HOLY AND GREAT THURSDAY

On Holy and Great Thursday, the Divine Fathers, who ordered all things aright, in succession to the Divine Apostles and the Sacred Gospels, have handed down to us the tradition of celebrating four events: the sacred Foot-washing, the Mystical Supper (that is, the bestowal of the dread Mysteries), the preternatural Prayer, and the Betrayal itself. […]

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THE CHURCH OF RESURRECTION IN JERUSALEM

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THE CHURCH OF RESURRECTION IN JERUSALEM

The Holy Courtyard. This is the entranceway to the Holy Sepulchre and to the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem.   Golgotha. The altar beneath which is the place where Jesus was crucified.   The ciborium of the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem.   The Resurrection. Icon from the iconostasis immediately above the marble slab covering […]

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10 TIPS FOR PERFECT RED PASCHA EGGS

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10 TIPS FOR PERFECT RED PASCHA EGGS

We’ll be dying our eggs on Holy Thursday and in case anyone is doing for the first time or would like to know how to get perfectly dyed red eggs, I thought I’d post some tips that were given to me a few years back by the sisters of the monastery here. 1. Brown Eggs […]

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WHY DO WE DYE RED EGGS FOR EASTER?

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WHY DO WE DYE RED EGGS FOR EASTER?

Here’s a look at the pious custom of red eggs in the Orthodox Church for you and your families to enjoy. Where did the tradition come from anyway? It seems there are a few possible answers to this question…of which I prefer to believe in the miracle that God worked through His handmaiden, Mary Magdalene […]

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HOLY WEDNESDAY EVENING-THE MYSTERY OF HOLY UNCTION

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HOLY WEDNESDAY EVENING-THE MYSTERY OF HOLY UNCTION

  On Wednesday of Holy week our Orthodox tradition calls for us to celebrate the Mystery, or Sacrament, of Holy Unction, either in the afternoon or in the evening. This liturgical practice is connected with the Gospel account at the Presanctified Liturgy earlier today of the woman who poured “very costly fragrant oil” on the […]

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THE MYSTERY OF HOLY UNCTION

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THE MYSTERY OF HOLY UNCTION

  “…and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them” (Mark 6:13). The holy apostles did this and it is commanded that we do the same. The Apostle James writes to us: “Is there any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, […]

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