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We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Christ Holy Thursday But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother, and the […]
The Twelve Gospels of the Passion of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Assumption Panagia Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, is now streaming its services to those that are unable to attend in person. Live Divine Liturgy Services can be viewed every Sunday morning beginning at 9:45 am CDT. Click here to watch. Service Schedule: Sundays: Orthros (Matins): 8:30 AM | Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM Sunday Children’s […]
Today the Holy Passion shines forth upon the world with the light of salvation; for Christ in His love hastens to His sufferings. He who holds all things in the hollow of His hand consents to be hung upon the Tree, that He may save mankind.
-Orthros for Holy Monday
Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou Holy Week is the heart of the Christian Orthodox Faith and the centre of the yearly cycle of Christian Feasts. Every year our churches are packed at Holy Week and, come the last three days, they are bursting at the seams with both people who attend church every Sunday and people […]
The Walk to Golgotha takes us to the places and moments that led to the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.The film is part of a series on the Holy Land filmed on a pilgrimage with Fr.Gerasimos Makris and his wonderful parish members from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Brooklyn. As a filmmaker and […]
Archimandrite Pavlos chants hymns of Holy Wednesday. Source: pemptousia.com ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to create a national, sustainable, and effective media witness for Orthodox Christianity and seekers […]
Do you have a flashlight or a candle? What does it look like when you shine it in a dark room? When you bring it into the room, the darkness instantly goes away. Everything looks different. Today, and for the next few weeks, you might hear a beautiful hymn at church. It starts, “It is […]
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Christ Holy Wednesday Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside […]
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s Letter of Condolences to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II Istanbul, Turkey 4/11/2017 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent a message of support to Pope Tawadros II, Patriarch of the Coptic Church in Egypt, after the two terrorist attacks that occurred on Palm Sunday in Tanta and Alexandria. The text of the message […]
On a new "Ancient Faith Presents," Bobby Maddex interviews Fr. David Wey and Dean Theodore Nottingham of the Hagia Sophia Classical Academy, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Watch services LIVE from St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Port Richey, Florida. In April of 1982, a handful of people living in the area of New Port Richey, Florida, embarked on a project to develop the nucleus of a new Orthodox community, which would later be known as St. George Greek Orthodox Church. […]
James W. Lillie On Lazarus Saturday, I realized I couldn’t find my copy of the services for Great Week, so, naturally, I went down to the local supermarket and bought another copy. This ease of access to Church supplies (charcoal, wicks, incense, televised services for the sick and so on) is one of the […]
We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Christ Holy Tuesday When Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of man will be […]
Adult Education – “Getting in Our Own Way: Church Decline and How We Are Inadvertently Part of the Problem”
The Orthodox Church is declining in America. So is Christianity in general. Six out of ten young people are leaving the church after college never to return. Despite popular sentiment among older generations that the young people return when they marry and have kids this is no longer true. Further, even though society is no […]
On or around Holy Week last year, I stopped in our church office. A beautiful icon was on the table as I entered. In all my years, I did not remember ever seeing it before. It was the icon of Extreme Humility. As I venerated this icon, I wondered about it. I connected with it […]
At Bridegroom Orthros on Great and Holy Tuesday, the Church sings the following hymn by St. Kassiane:
O Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins, perceiving Thy divinity, fulfilled the part of a myrrh-bearer; and with lamentations she brought sweet-smelling oil of myrrh to Thee before Thy burial. 'Woe is me,' she said, 'for night surrounds me, dark and moonless, and stings my lustful passion with the love of sin. Accept the fountain of my tears, O Thou who drawest down from the clouds the waters of the sea. Incline to the groanings of my heart, O Thou who in Thine ineffable self-emptying hast bowed down the heavens. I shall kiss Thy most pure feet and wipe them with the hairs of my heads, those feet whose sound Eve heard at dusk in Paradise and hid herself for fear. Who can search out the multitude of my sins and the abyss of Thy judgments, O Saviour of my soul? Despise me not, Thine handmaiden, for Thou hast mercy without measure.
St. Kassiane the Hymnographer was born between 805 and 810 in Constantinople into a wealthy family and grew to be exceptionally beautiful and intelligent. Three Byzantine chroniclers claim that she was a participant in the "bride show" (the means by which Byzantine princes/emperors sometimes chose a bride, giving a golden apple to his choice) organized for the young bachelor-emperor Theophilos. Smitten by Kassiane's beauty, the young emperor approached her and said: "Through a woman came forth the baser things," referring to the sin and suffering coming as a result of Eve's transgression. Kassiane promptly responded by saying: "And through a woman came forth the better things," referring to the hope of salvation resulting from the Incarnation through the Most Holy Theotokos. His pride wounded by Kassiane's rebuttal, Theophilos haughtily passed her by and chose another to be his wife. We next hear of Kassiane in 843 when it is recorded that she founded a convent in Constantinople, becoming its first abbess and devoting her life to asceticism and the composing of liturgical poetry. The best known of her compositions is the Doxastikon on the Aposticha of the Bridegroom Orthros for Great and Holy Wednesday (which service is, in parish churches, chanted by anticipation on the previous evening). Tradition says that in his later years the Emperor Theophilos, still in love with Kassiane, wished to see her one last time before he died, so he rode to the monastery where she resided. Kassiane was alone in her cell, writing her now famous hymn, when she realized that the commotion she heard was because the imperial retinue had arrived. Being now devoted to God in her monastic life, Kassiane fled from her cell and hid, leaving the unfinished hymn on her writing desk. Theophilos was directed to her cell and entered it alone. Not finding Kassiane, he turned to leave when he noticed papers on the desk and read what was written upon them. When he was done reading, he sat and added one line to the hymn; then he left - never to see Kassiane again. The line attributed to the Emperor is "those feet whose sound Eve heard at dusk in Paradise and hid herself for fear." When the emperor and his party departed from the monastery, St Kassiane returned to her cell, discovered what Theophilos had written, and finished the hymn now popularly known as "The Hymn of the Sinful Woman."
Palm Sunday was a new and very moving experience for me among the Mayan faithful. Of course, the church was packed as usual, but they raise the celebration to a new level with their love of processions and the enormous sizes of the palm crosses, which they wave joyously to the accompaniment of their music. […]