Author: Emanuel Kolyvas

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 –

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Forgiveness Sunday

Forgiveness Sunday In the Orthodox Church, the last Sunday before Great Lent – the day on which, at Vespers, Lent is liturgically announced and inaugurated – is called Forgiveness Sunday. On the morning of that Sunday, at the Divine Liturgy,

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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

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The Nativity 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 the

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Sign Icon

Feast of The Sign of the Theotokos (November 27) 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 Kievan

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Exultation of the Cross (September 14)

Feast of the Exultation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross (September 14) On September 14th, for centuries, when the feast of the Elevation of the Cross was celebrated in cathedrals, the bishop would take his place in the center of

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