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Saint Gregory Palamas and the Second Sunday of Great Lent

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Saint Gregory Palamas and the Second Sunday of Great Lent

The Holy Church calls the second Sunday of Great Lent the Sunday of the Light-Creating Fasts. In its Divine services, in line with the destruction of the sinful condition of man, it is descriptively and touchingly represented in the church hymns, which explains the Gospel parable about the Prodigal son, and praises the fast as […]

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Synaxarion for the Second Sunday of Great Lent

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Synaxarion for the Second Sunday of Great Lent

By Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos SECOND SUNDAY of LENT On the same day, the Second Sunday of the Fast, we celebrate the memory of our Father among the Saints, Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica. Verses The Fountain of light leadeth unto the unwaning light The radiant herald of the light and the truly great mind. The […]

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Saint Gregory Palamas and the Heavenly Synod

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Saint Gregory Palamas and the Heavenly Synod

The following vision was recorded by Patriarch Philotheos Kokkinos, the biographer of Saint Gregory Palamas, and was also later repeated by Hieromonk Athanasios of Paros in his biography of Saint Gregory Palamas. At the Great Lavra of St. Athanasios on the Holy Mountain there dwelt a perfected anchorite. Spending his time in solitude and prayer, […]

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The personal relationship of Saint Gregory Palamas with the Theotokos

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The personal relationship of Saint Gregory Palamas with the Theotokos

Every Saint loves the Panagia. Sainthood is not understood without this Theotokophilia. It occurs because the Saints, after tasting the Love of God, communing of the Body and Blood of Christ, and experiencing the gifts of the incarnation of Christ, feel the need to give thanks also to that person who was the cause of […]

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Third Sunday of Great Lent-Gospel Commentary

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Third Sunday of Great Lent-Gospel Commentary

By Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Mark 34-37. And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever desireth to follow after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever […]

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Thoughts from a Parish Priest for the Great Lent

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Thoughts from a Parish Priest for the Great Lent

We have just entered the period of Great Lent (February 27), and our Church calls us to observe the traditional fast and prayer. Several people will raise again the questions why should we fast, or how much should we fast, etc. The following thoughts provide some answers to the general questions which are raised at […]

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Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving: They’re not Just for Lent Anymore

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Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving: They’re not Just for Lent Anymore

By Father Sergius Halvorsen Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are not “Lenten disciplines” per se. Rather, they are essential to our basic health and wellbeing: they are fundamental to the Christian life. Yes, it is true that during Lent we place a much greater emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving, but this does not mean that […]

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2013 Catechetical Homily of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Beginning of Great Lent

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2013 Catechetical Homily of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Beginning of Great Lent

The holy fathers, who arranged everything in an orderly manner, instituted a period of ascetic discipline and spiritual purification for forty days prior to the great feast of the Lord’s resurrection. This ascetic rule assumes the form of a limitation on foods through fasting, but especially an abstinence from evil.

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Clean Monday and the First Week of Great Lent

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Clean Monday and the First Week of Great Lent

With Clean Monday begins Great Lent in the Orthodox Church and marks the end of feasting. Clean Monday is called as such because Christians are called to cleanse themselves spiritually and bodily. It is also a day of strict fasting with no work. The holy fast has a duration of 40 days in imitation of […]

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What Should Someone Who Has Never Fasted Before Do During Great Lent?

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What Should Someone Who Has Never Fasted Before Do During Great Lent?

Watch Father Tom Zaferes and Father Nebojsa Pantic from the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension in Oakland, California explain the importance of fasting during Great Lent.

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