Author: Emanuel Kolyvas

Sunday of the Cross

SUNDAY OF THE CROSS – Midpoint of Great Lent The third Sunday of Lent is called “The Veneration of the Cross.” At the Vigil of that day, after the Great Doxology, the Cross is brought in a solemn procession to

Saint Gregory Palamas

Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas: Extract from the Agioritic Tome The clearest short statement of the teachings of St Gregory Palamas and the Hesychasts can be found in “The Declaration of the Holy Mountain in Defence of Those who Devoutly

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy Rejoicing today in the triumph of Orthodoxy on this first Sunday of Lent, we joyfully commemorate three events: one event belonging to the past; one event to the present; and one event which still belongs to the

The Meeting of the Lord in the Temple

The Feast of The Meeting of the Lord in the Temple (February 2nd) Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared in the presence of

The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord – The Theophanies

THE LORD’S BAPTISM Water does not mean much to us today. It’s one of life’s essential comforts, accessible automatic, cheap. You turn on the tap and there it is… However, for thousands of years water was a primary religious symbol

The Christmas Cycle

A Blessed Feast of the Nativity to All ! The Nativity Cycle As Orthodox Christians, we begin the celebration of the Nativity of Christ – on December 25 – with a time of preparation. Forty days before the feast of

Feast of the Icon of the Sign

Feast of The Icon of  the Sign of the Theotokos The icon of the Mother of God of the Sign is one of the most venerated icons of Russia. Its history is linked with the history of Novgorod, which in

Entry of the Theotokos Into the Temple

Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple (November 21) It seems thousands of years removed from us, but it was not so very long ago that life was marked out by religious feasts. Although everyone went to church, not everyone,

THE ECCLESIAL NEW YEAR (September 1st) – Day for the Environment

THE ECCLESIAL NEW YEAR (September 1st) As everyone knows, September 1st of each year has been dedicated on the initiative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate – and recently also by the Roman Catholic Church – as a day of prayer for the

Feast of The Dormition of The Theotokos

The Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos (August 15) In August the Church celebrates the end of Mary’s earthly life, her death, known as her Falling Asleep or Dormition, a word in which dream, blessedness, peace, calm, and joy are