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Great Lent

Sunday of the Holy Cross

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Sunday of the Holy Cross

A short explanation of the 3rd Sunday of Great Lent which is dedicated to the Veneration of the Holy Cross.






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Clean Monday: Great Lent Begins

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Clean Monday: Great Lent Begins

Learn about Clean Monday (this Year: March 14, 2016), about the beginning of Great Lent and the general rules of the Lenten Fast.






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The Who’s Who of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete

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The Who’s Who of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete

As we approach Great Lent, the time given to us specifically for repentance, the Church gives us a whole host of images to help us.






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Catechetical Homily at the Opening of Holy and Great Lent

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Catechetical Homily at the Opening of Holy and Great Lent

Our Lord Jesus Christ grafts us into His body, inviting us to become saints, “just as He is holy.” (1 Peter 1.16) Our Creator wants us to be in communion with Him in order to taste His grace, which is to participate in His sanctity.






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The Memory of Saint Mary of Egypt

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The Memory of Saint Mary of Egypt

On the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the Church honours the memory of a “street-walker”, a woman who led such a dissolute life that the word “prostitute” is more of a euphemism rather than an exact description of the depth of her sinfulness. The figure of Blessed Mary is highlighted on the last Sunday of Great Lent: on the one hand, to strike at our Churchy prissiness, since a common harlot is presented as a model of life; and, on the other, to provide an example and a ray of hope for repentance for all those who are slaves to their passions and continue to struggle to find ways to free themselves of them.






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The Cross, the Symbol of Victory

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The Cross, the Symbol of Victory

In the middle of Holy and Great Lent, the Church places before the faithful the Honourable Cross of the Lord for us to venerate and draw strength from, so that we can continue the gruelling but lambent journey towards Great Week.






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Approaching Christ During Holy and Great Lent

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Approaching Christ During Holy and Great Lent

The main elements of Great Lent are prayer and fasting. Prayer presupposes faith. Without prayer one is helpless, insecure, blind and alone. Tied to the earth, to matter, one is not aware that they can fly high, to shine in the heavens, to have needed heavenly assistance. They are magnetized, tied, attached to the perishable and earthly. They are not easily detached. They try to acquire treasure on earth. They constantly look for pleasure to cheer them up, instead they get pain out of it. It is sad and pathetic to look for happiness in the mud.






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The Life of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt by Saint Sophronios of Jerusalem

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The Life of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt by Saint Sophronios of Jerusalem

There was a certain elder in one of the monasteries of Palestine, a priest of the holy life and speech, who from childhood had been brought up in monastic ways and customs. This elder’s name was Zosimas. He had been through the whole course of the ascetic life and in everything he adhered to the rule once given to him by his tutors as regard spiritual labors.






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Saturday of the Akathist Hymn

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Saturday of the Akathist Hymn

This Saturday (Saturday of the fifth week of the Great Lent) we chant the Akathist Hymn during Matins. In our days however this does not happen except in the holy monasteries, since in the parishes it is chanted the evening before, on Friday during the Small Compline.






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“The Bethlehemite is Killing Me”: A Reflection on the Great Canon

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“The Bethlehemite is Killing Me”: A Reflection on the Great Canon

In the Bishopric of the Holy Metropolis of Kastoria there is an icon of the Master Christ which dates to the 15th century and is known as “The Bethlehemite”.






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Great Lent is a Period of Repentance

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Great Lent is a Period of Repentance

Great Lent is a period of repentance, during which our stony hearts must become, through God’s grace, softened in the flesh, and move from being callous to being sensitive, from cold and hard to warm and open to others, particularly God Himself.






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The Akathistos Hymn

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The Akathistos Hymn

The Akathistos is the most famous of all surviving Byzantine kontakia. This work, which celebrates the annunciation of the Virgin and the nativity of Christ, consists of two prooemia (introductory hymns) and 24 strophes bound by an alphabetic acrostic.






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