Category Archives: Liturgical year

Whoever Loses their Life will Save it

Today, on the Sunday after the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, we hear Jesus’ challenging words about cross in our own lives. By His victory over death on the Cross, Jesus Christ has conquered death and has … Continue reading

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The Exaltation of the Holy & Life-giving Cross

Today we celebrate the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. On this day we commemorate two specific incidents. The first is the finding of the Cross upon which Christ was crucified by the Empress Helena during her travels … Continue reading

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The Son of Man Must be Lifted Up

Today, on the Sunday before the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, we hear Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, who had come to ask Him about salvation. And at the heart of this salvation that Jesus Christ came to … Continue reading

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The Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos

Today we celebrate the birth of the Mother of God, or Theotokos, one of the twelve Great Feasts of the Church. Most of the direct references to her birth come from one of the apocryphal gospels, the Protoevangelium of James, … Continue reading

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A New Church Year

Today marks the beginning of a new Church year. In the Roman Empire, the first of September was the day on which the emperor would announce a decree of taxation. But it was also the time (in the northern hemisphere) … Continue reading

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The Dormition of the Holy Theotokos

Tomorrow, 15 August, we celebrate the great feast of the Dormition, or falling asleep, of the Most Holy Theotokos. At Vespers we sing: “The source of life is laid in the grave and her tomb becomes a ladder to heaven.” … Continue reading

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My Lord and My God!

Today, the first Sunday after Pascha, is known as Thomas Sunday, for we hear how Jesus Christ appeared to the Apostle Thomas and strengthened his faith. Saint John tells us that Jesus Christ had appeared to the Apostles after the … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday

Today we enter the most sacred week of the Church’s year. Yesterday we celebrated the raising of Lazarus from the dead, showing Christ’s authority over death. Today, we commemorate His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, showing His identity as King and … Continue reading

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Lazarus Saturday

This coming Saturday is Lazarus Saturday, and, together with Palm Sunday, marks the transition from Lent to Holy Week. Both Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday are public events that announce the triumph of Christ and serve as triggers to the … Continue reading

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The Sunday of St Gregory Palamas

Today, on the second Sunday of Great Lent, the Church commemorates St Gregory Palamas. In a way this forms a direct continuation with the Triumph of Orthodoxy that we celebrated last week. For, in recognizing the role of Saint Gregory … Continue reading

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