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Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2013

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Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2013

The proclamation of the Resurrection by the myrrh-bearing women to the disciples of Christ was considered delirious. Yet, the word, formerly conceived as delirious, was confirmed as Truth. The risen Lord appeared to His disciples on several occasions.

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The Gospel of Resurrection

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The Gospel of Resurrection

Death is a catastrophe for man; this is the basic principle of the whole of Christian anthropology. Man is an amphibious being, both spiritual and corporeal, and so he was created by God. Body belongs organically to the unity of human existence. And this was perhaps the most striking novelty in the original Christian message. The preaching of the Resurrection as well as the preaching of the Cross was foolishness and a stumbling–block to Gentiles.

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The Firstborn from the Dead

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The Firstborn from the Dead

The Resurrection of Christ, the premier event in the mystery of the divine economy, gives us each year the opportunity to delve into this event and little by little to engage the mystery of the Resurrection with our own resurrection. Besides, this is the purpose for the establishment of the annual festive cycle of Pascha.

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What is “Bright Week”?

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What is “Bright Week”?

Bright Week, otherwise known as Renewal Week, begins on Pascha Sunday and ends on the following Sunday of Thomas. The name probably originates from the fact that the newly baptized catechumens from Pascha are newly illumined and bright. For them it is a time of regeneration and renewal.

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The Celebration of Holy Pascha in Hong Kong

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The Celebration of Holy Pascha in Hong Kong

The Orthodox Community in Hong Kong celebrated in a solemn way the Holy and Glorious Pascha. Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South East Asia presided over the Services of Pascha on Holy Saturday evening and on Sunday of Pascha morning. The Church was filled to capacity with faithful. At the Agape Service the Gospel […]

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The Celebration of Holy Week and Pascha in Hong Kong (2013)

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The Celebration of Holy Week and Pascha in Hong Kong (2013)

Photos from the celebration of Holy Week and Holy Pascha in Hong Kong! All the services were held at Saint Luke Orthodox Cathedral. Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South East Asia presided over the services of Holy Week and Pascha.  

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The First and Second Resurrection

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The First and Second Resurrection

The Resurrection of Christ, which we festively celebrate after several days of fasting, repentance and prayer, is the central mystery of faith and the life in Christ. Without the Resurrection of Christ we would be under the power of death, sin and the devil and there would be no way out of life. That’s why the Apostle Paul declares: “If Christ has not been raised, our faith is futile and we remain in our sins” (1 Cor. 15:17).

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A Brief Comment on the Icon of the Resurrection

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A Brief Comment on the Icon of the Resurrection

Christ is standing firmly on two pieces of wood lying in such a way as to form a cross. These are the gates of Hell, which Christ demolished through the grace of His cross. With death, they closed, but were not powerful enough to hold Him in thrall. All around, there are broken and now useless bits of locks and chains which, until then had sealed off any escape route from Hell.

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Bright Friday: The Feast of the Mother of God the Life-Giving Spring

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Bright Friday: The Feast of the Mother of God the Life-Giving Spring

One of the most famous shrines of Constantinople, the Zoodochos Pege, is located outside the land walls to the west of the city, at the site now known as Balikli. Two versions of a very old tradition provide information on the origins of this ancient shrine.

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The Risen Christ-The Test of Logic

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The Risen Christ-The Test of Logic

The faith of a Christian is tested by the Resurrection of Christ like gold in a furnace. Out of the entire Gospel, the Resurrection of Christ is the most unbelievable thing, totally inadmissible by our logic and a true cause of its suffering. Because it is something totally unbelievable, for this reason it requires all of our faith to believe in it.

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