Author: Emanuel Kolyvas

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

PENTECOST

The Feast of Pentecost  In the Church’s annual liturgical cycle, Pentecost is “the last and great day.” It is the celebration by the Church of the coming of the Holy Spirit as the end – the achievement and fulfillment –

Holy Pascha

THE  FEAST OF THE RESURRECTION This is the starting point for our understanding of the sanctification of time. It is the Orthodox experience, which goes back to the apostles themselves, that in the centre of our liturgical life, in the

THE GREAT AND HOLY WEEK

Saturday of the Resurrection of Lazarus The joy that permeates and enlightens the service of Lazarus Saturday stresses one major theme: the forthcoming victory of Christ over Hades. “Hades” is the Biblical term for Death and its universal power, for

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