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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAYS OF HOLY WEEK AND PASCHA

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAYS OF HOLY WEEK AND PASCHA

Lazarus Saturday: Jesus raises His friend from the dead. Mary and Martha plead with the Lord to come quickly to heal their brother Lazarus. Jesus delays his return until Lazarus is dead four days. Martha confesses her belief in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus says: “I am the resurrection and the […]

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THE SIXTH WEEK OF GREAT LENT

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THE SIXTH WEEK OF GREAT LENT

Being disclosed in a Canon of the 5th week, the Gospel parable about the rich man and Lazarus serves as the subject of hymns also in the 6th week. The Holy Church calls us “to run from the cruelty and hatred of mankind of the rich man and to emulate the fortitude and longsuffering of […]

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The Saturday of Souls

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The Saturday of Souls

The Saturday before Meat-Fare Sunday: The Saturday of Souls. Through the Apostolic Constitutions (Book VIII, ch.42), the Church of Christ has received the custom to make commemorations for the departed on the third, ninth, and fortieth days after their repose. Since many throughout the ages, because of an untimely death in a faraway place, or […]

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The six Weeks of the Great Lent

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The six Weeks of the Great Lent

The Six Weeks of the Great and Holy Lent by Fr. George Dion. Dragas The Great and Holy Lent (Megalé Sarakosté) comprises nearly 6 full weeks, actually 40 days, which precede the Great and Holy Week. It starts on a Monday, known as the Clean Monday (Kathara Deutera) and is terminated on a Saturday, known […]

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Triodion 2011

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Triodion 2011

TRIODION 2011 By Protopresbyter Dr. George D. Dragas For Orthodox Christians Easter, or Holy Pascha, is actually the center of what is known as the cycle of all movable feasts. This cycle is called the Paschal Cycle. Sunday, February 13 marks the beginning of this year’s Paschal Cycle, which invites us to be renewed spiritually […]

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Orthodox Christian Belief

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Orthodox Christian Belief

Dogma – God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us; blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hymn from Orthros. The foundation of Christian doctrine, that is, a religious truth issuing from divine revelation and indisputably defined by the Church, is God’s revelation to humanity. The fullness of His self-revelation […]

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The structure of an Orthodox Church

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The structure of an Orthodox Church

You can see below the structure of a typical Orthodox Church. The interior of the Holy Altar. The Iconostasis

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The Orthodox Church

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The Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church is the ancient Christian Church tracing its roots back to Jesus Christ and His Apostles. The Church embodies and expresses the rich spiritual treasures of Eastern Christianity. Historically, the Gospel of Christ was first preached and the first Christian Communities were established in the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. On Pentecost Day, […]

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Is veneration worship?

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Is veneration worship?

It is customary for Protestants to accuse Orthodox Christians of supposedly ‘worshipping’ icons, or saints. However, this is an unfair accusation, which has its roots in people’s ignorance on the subject.  In this study, we will demonstrate the true meaning of “veneration” and “worship”. “Worship” is one thing, “Veneration” is another We need to distinguish […]

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Are holy Icons “idols”?

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Are holy Icons “idols”?

Many are the accusations that Satan has accumulated with the passing centuries against the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. By taking advantage of certain people’s ignorance on the matter, he convinced them that certain objects -normally venerated by the Church- are idols, and therefore all those who likewise venerate them, are idolaters. We intend […]

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The Books of the Old Testament

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The Books of the Old Testament

The Books of the Old Testament When the Christian Church was formed, there was no recognised, official canon of Scriptures — the Jews were not a people of the book, they were a people of the Temple. When the Romans laid siege to Jerusalem, the Christians left the city because the results had been prophesied. […]

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Holy Scripture in the Orthodox Church

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Holy Scripture in the Orthodox Church

Holy Scripture In the Orthodox Church Based on “Which English Translation of the Bible Should I Use?” by Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver Strictly speaking, there never was a “Bible” in the Orthodox Church, at least not as we commonly think of the Bible as a single volume book we can hold in our hand. Since […]

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