Posts tagged “Feasts of our Lord”

Nativity of Christ

The festival of Christ’s birthday

"Christ is born, glorify Him! Christ from heaven, go out to meet Him. Christ on earth; be exalted. Sing unto the Lord all the whole earth; and that I may join both in one word, Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, for Him Who is. of heaven and then of earth. Christ in the flesh, rejoice with trembling and with joy; with trembling because of your sins, with joy because of your hope. Christ of [...]

Nativity of Christ

On the Nativity of Christ by St. John of Kronstadt

"He has come upon earth, He, Who in the beginning created us from earth and breathed His Divine breath into us; He has come Who “giveth to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts xvii. 25.); He has come, He Who by a single word called all things visible and invisible from non-existence into existence, Who by a word called into being birds, fishes, quadrupeds, insects, and all creatures, existing under His almighty providence and care; He has [...]

The cave at Bethlehem

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming. Do you know that the pre-festal troparia begin on the twentieth of December? The Church has also wisely set the last day in which the night grows longer. On the twenty-first of the month the day begins to grow longer. The nights and noetic darknesses leave while light and days increase. Let us ask God to take away from us the darkness of our hearts now that the days are growing and they become completely illumined, now that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Theophany of our Lord

The sixth of January is the feast of the Epiphany. Originally it was the one Christian feast of the “shining forth” of God to the world in the human form of Jesus of Nazareth. It included the celebration of Christ’s birth, the adoration of the Wise men, and all of the childhood events of Christ such as his circumcision and presentation to the temple as well as his baptism by John in the Jordan. There seems to be little [...]