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ON THE PASSION OF CHRIST

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ON THE PASSION OF CHRIST

  I. Christ’s Arrest Fulfils His Own Eternal Purpose Having discoursed, dearly beloved, in our last sermon, on the events which preceded the Lord’s arrest, it now remains, by the help of God’s grace, to discuss, as we promised, the details of the Passion itself. When the Lord had made it clear by the words […]

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SYNAXARION FOR HOLY AND GREAT WEDNESDAY

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SYNAXARION FOR HOLY AND GREAT WEDNESDAY

On Holy and Great Wednesday, the Divine Fathers decreed that we should commemorate the harlot who anointed the Lord with myrrh, because this took place shortly before His saving Passion. Verses The woman who applied myrrh to the body of Christ Anticipated the myrrh and aloes of Nicodemos.   Synaxarion   As the Lord was […]

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SERMON FOR HOLY WEDNESDAY

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SERMON FOR HOLY WEDNESDAY

CATECHESIS 72: On the Saving Passion; and Teaching on Humility and Patient Endurance. by St. Theodore the Studite Given on the Wednesday of Holy Week.     Brethren and Fathers, the present day is holy and to be venerated, for from this day the Lord begins to take on himself the sufferings of the Cross […]

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THE CENTRAL MESSAGE OF HOLY WEDNESDAY

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THE CENTRAL MESSAGE OF HOLY WEDNESDAY

      In the Gospel and hymns of the Church for Holy Wednesday, we hear about the sinful woman who broke an alabaster box of costly ointment, wept at Jesus’ feet, and dried them with her hair. She broke the box – i.e. saved nothing for herself – and poured it out as her […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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