The Service of Resurrection at Saint Luke Orthodox Cathedral in Hong Kong. Christ is Risen!
Tag: Holy Week
On Saturday, April 27, 2013, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrived in his native island of Imvros, where he celebrated Holy Week and Pascha for the first time in fifty years. It is also the first time during his Patriarchal tenure that His All-Holiness has celebrated Holy Week outside of the Phanar.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
The Despotic Feasts were established by the Church to be celebrated within the year for us to remember the great events that took place with the Incarnation, the Passion and the Resurrection of Christ, but especially, and above all, to experience the mystery of Christ and the mystery of our [...]
a) The Cross leads to the Resurrection, Great Friday bears fruit on the bright Sunday of Easter. Sorrow, listlessness and despair make way for the joy and peace of the Resurrection. Without the Cross, the Resurrection is inconceivable and without the Resurrection the Cross has no point. It might be better to say [...]
The importance of this unity is reflected in the chief sacrament, the Divine Eucharist, which is transmitted to the Church today. To be in communion with God, you have first to be in communion with other people. The Lord behaves towards Judas in the same way as He does towards the other disciples, even though He knows he will betray Him. All the actions of His presence on earth combine to reconcile human nature and morals and to show them the real human image as made by God, as made to love.