Feast Days of our Church

Dormition of the Theotokos

On the Dormition of the Theotokos

"Magnify O my soul, the honourable Translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven." (Refrain for the 9th Ode of the Canon) Let us be happy, beloved brothers and sisters that we belong to the Holy Orthodox Church, worthily and rightly glorifying the Most Holy Sovereign Theotokos on this eminent day out of all the days of the year with special solemnity. There exists on earth many societies and entire governments that do not consider the need nor [...]

Pentecost Sunday

On this day we celebrate the holy feast of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Just before our Lord ascended into heaven, on the fortieth day after His resurrection, he promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would be sent to them giving them spiritual strength and teaching them the truth. On the fiftieth day after the Resurrection, while they were gathered together in the upper room, there came a great sound from heaven which was [...]

Sunday of the Blind Man

  On this day, the sixth Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the miracle of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ upon the man born blind. The Savior met a man at the Temple on the Sabbath, who was born blind and had not seen the light, nor did he know the difference between day and night. He possessed only the sockets but no eyeballs. The Lord's disciples asked, "Rabbi, who sinned, this one or his parents, that he should [...]

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Having come to the well in faith, the Samaritan woman beheld Thee, the Water of Wisdom; whereof having drunk abundantly, she, the renowned one, inherited the Kingdom on high forever. Let us hear of the august mysteries, as John teacheth us what cometh to pass in Samaria: how the Lord speaketh unto a woman, asking water of her, even He that gathered the waters into the places where they are gathered, and Who is of one throne with the Father [...]

ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ! ΑΛΗΘΩΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ!

"Ἀνέστη Χριστός καί χαίρουσι Ἄγγελοι. Ἀνέστη Χριστός καί ζωή πολιτεύεται. Ἀνέστη Χριστός καί ούδείς ἐπί μνήματος." Ἃγιος Ἰωάννης Χρυσόστομος Ταπεινῶς εὐχόμεθα ὅπως ἡ Χάρις τοῦ Ἁγίου Φωτός πλημμυρίσει τάς καρδίας ἡμῶν καί μᾶς ἀξιώσει νά προσκυνήσουμε τους αχράντους πόδας τοῦ Ἰησοῦ μετέχοντες τῆς ἀτελευτήτου χαρᾶς τῶν Ἀγγέλων. Ἀμήν. Ἐλάχιστες ἐν Χριστῶ, Γερόντισσα Θέκλα καί αἱ σύν ἐμοί ἐν Χριστῶ ἀδελφαί "Christ is risen, and the Angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave." Pachal [...]

The solemn days of Holy Week-Part III

The services of the three last days Great and Holy Thursday:  On Holy Thursday we turn to the last events of our Lord and His Passion.  Thursday morning begins with a Vesperal Divine Liturgy commemorating the Mystical Supper. As previously mentioned, this is actually Holy Thursday evening's service celebrated in the morning in anticipation.  Everyone who is able should make an effort to receive Holy Communion at this service as it was at the Mystical Supper that our Lord instituted [...]

The solemn days of Holy Week-Part II

The services of the first three days Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:  The first thing that must be said about these services, and most of the other services of Holy Week, is that they are "sung" in anticipation.  Each service is rotated ahead twelve hours.  The evening service, therefore, is actually the service of the next morning, while the morning services of Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday are actually the services of the coming evening. Understanding that, let's turn to [...]

The solemn days of Holy Week-Part I

Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday Great Lent and Holy Week are two separate fasts, and two separate celebrations.  Great Lent ends on Friday of the fifth week (the day before Lazarus Saturday).  Holy Week begins immediately thereafter. Let's explore the meaning of each of the solemn days of Passion Week. Lazarus Saturday:  Lazarus Saturday is the day which begins Holy Week.  It commemorates the raising of our Lord's friend Lazarus, who had been in the tomb four days.  This act confirmed [...]

Annunciation of the Theotokos

The feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary is a feast of the Lord and of the Theotokos*. It is a feast of the Lord because Christ who was conceived in the womb of the Theotokos. It is a feast of the Theotokos because it refers to the person who aided in the conception and Incarnation of the Word of God, that is, the All Holy Virgin Mary. The Annunciation of the Theotokos is the beginning of all feasts [...]

The Meeting of our Lord Jesus Christ

On the 2nd of February our holy church celebrates the feast of the Meeting of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. When forty days prescribed by the law of Moses for the purification of the mother of a newborn son were accomplished (Lev. 12:2-4), the All-Holy Mother of God and Saint Joseph brought the Child Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. For every first-born, belonging by right to the Lord (Ex. 13:15), had to be consecrated [...]