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Is it necessary to explain that Easter is much more than one of the feasts, more than a yearly commemoration of a past event?

Anyone who has, be it only once, taken part in that night which is "brighter than the day," who has tasted of that unique joy, knows it. [...]

On Easter we celebrate Christ's Resurrection as something that happened and still happens to us. (Continue reading excerpt "An Introduction to Great Lent" by Fr Alexander Schmemann)

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (Beginning of the Lenten Triodion)
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What is the Lenten Triodion?

The Lenten Triodion is the service book of the Orthodox Church that provides the texts for the divine services for the pre-Lenten weeks of preparation, Great Lent, and Holy WeekThe Lenten Triodion is the title of a classic and popular English book translated with an extensive and helpful introduction by Metropolitan Kallistos and Mother Mary; it provides many (but not all) of the texts necessary to observe the great fast. In Greek and Slavonic it is simply called the triodion. It is called the triodion because the canons appointed for Matins during this period are composed of three odes each.

The weeks of preparation, and especially the Sunday gospel readings, serve to exercise the mind, whereas the fasting of Great Lent focuses on the body, and Holy Week's services exercise the spirit.

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON — Tone 1. St. Meletius, Archbishop of Antioch (381). St. Aleksy (Alexius), Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia (1378). St. Meletius, Archbishop of Kharkov (1840). Ven. Mary (who was called Marinus), and her father, Ven. Eugene, at Alexandria (6th c.). St. Anthony, Patriarch of Constantinople (895). St. Kristo the Gardener (Albania—1752). The “IVERON” (IBERIAN) Icon of the Most-holy Theotokos.

Judgement Sunday (Meatfare)
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

SUNDAY OF MEATFARE — Tone 2. Sunday of the Last Judgment.Apostles of the Seventy Archippus (Arkhipp) and Philemon, and Martyr Apphias (1st c.). Martyrs Maximus, Theodotus, Hesychius and Asclepiodota, of Adrianopolis (305-311). Ss. Eugene and Macarius, Presbyters and Confessors, at Antioch (363). Ven. Dositheus of Palestine, disciple of Ven. Abba Dorotheus (7th c.). St. Rabulas of Samosata (ca. 530). Ven. Theodore of Sanaskáry (1791).

Forgiveness Sunday: Expulsion of Adam from Paradise (Cheesefare)
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

SUNDAY OF CHEESEFARE — Tone 3. The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise. St. Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza (420). Ven. Sebastian of Poshekhónsk (ca. 1500). Martyr Sebastian (1st c.).

1st Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT — Tone 4. Sunday of Orthodoxy. Martyr Conon of Isauria (1st c.). Finding of the Relics of Rt. Blv. Theodore, Prince of Smolensk and Yaroslavl’, and his children Ss. David and Constantine, Wonderworkers of Yaroslavl’ (1463). Monk Martyr Adrian of Poshekhónsk (Yaroslavl’—1550). Martyr Onesimus of Isauria (1st c.). Martyr Conon the Gardener, of Pamphylia (3rd c.). Virgin martyr Irais (Raíssa) of Antinoë in Egypt (ca. 308). Martyr Eulogius, of Palestine. Martyr Eulampius, of Palestine. St. Mark the Faster, of Egypt (5th c.). St. Hesychius the Faster, of Bithynia (ca. 790).

2nd Sunday of Great Lent: St Gregory Palamas
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT — Tone 5. St. Gregory Palamas. Synaxis of the Venerable Fathers of the Kiev Caves Lavra. Ven. Theophanes the Confessor, of Sigriane (818). Righteous Phineas, grandson of Aaron (ca. 1500 B.C.). St. Gregory Dialogus, Pope of Rome (604). Ven. Simeon the New Theologian (1021).

3rd Sunday of Great Lent: Veneration of the Cross
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT — Tone 6. Veneration of the Cross. Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria, and those with them at Rome: Claudius, Hilaria, Jason, Maurus, Diodorus the Presbyter, and Marianus the Deacon (283). St. Innocent of Komel’, disciple of St. Nilus of Sora (Vologdá—1521). Martyr Pancharius, at Nicomedia (ca. 302).

4th Sunday of Great Lent: St John Climacus (of the Ladder)
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT — Tone 7. Leavetaking of the AnnunciationSynaxis of the Archangel GabrielSt. John Climacus (of The Ladder).Hieromartyr Irenæus, Bishop of Sirmium in Hungary (304). Martyrs Bathusius and Bercus—Presbyters, Arpilus—Monk, Abibus, Agnus, Reasus, Igathrax, Iscoeus (Iskous), Silas, Signicus, Sonirilus, Suimbalus, Thermus, Phillus (Philgas)—laymen, and the women: Anna, Alla, Larissa, Monco (Manca), Uirko (Virko), Animais (Animaida), Gaatha and Duklida, in the Crimea (375). St. Malchus of Chalcis in Syria (4th c.). Ven. Basil the New, Anchorite, near Constantinople (10th c.). Martyr Montanus, Presbyter, of Singidunum, and his wife, Maxima (235).

5th Sunday of Great Lent: St Mary of Egypt
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT — Tone 8. St Mary of Egypt. Ven. Titus the Wonderworker (9th c.). Martyrs Amphianus (Apphianus) and Edesius (Aedesius) of Lycia (306). Martyr Polycarp of Alexandria (4th c.).

Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

ENTRY OF OUR LORD INTO JERUSALEMPALM SUNDAY. Martyr Eupsychius of Cæsarea in Cappadocia (362). Martyrs Desan—Bishop, Mariabus—Presbyter, Abdiesus, and 270 others in Persia (363-364). Monk Martyr Bademus (Vadim) of Persia (376).

HOLY PASCHA: The Resurrection of Our Lord
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Scripture Readings

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

HOLY PASCHA — THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST[Beginning of the Pentecostarion]. Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene and Chionia, in Illyria (304). Martyrs Leonidas, Chariessa, Nice (Nika, Victoria), Galina, Calista (Calisa), Nunechia, Basilissa, Theodora, and Irene, of Corinth (258). Monk Martyr Christopher of Dionysiou (Mt. Athos—1818). Hieromartyr Nicetas. The Weeping “IL’INSKO-CHERNIGOV” (1658) and the TAMBOV Icons of the Theotokos (1658).

The Lenten Triodion
The Lenten Triodion
Triodion, Great Lent, Holy Week & Pascha Explained
Triodion, Great Lent, Holy Week & Pascha Explained
Orthodox Study Bible
Orthodox Study Bible
Meditations for Great Lent
Meditations for Great Lent
Meditations for Pascha
Meditations for Pascha
Meditations for Holy Week
Meditations for Holy Week
The Ladder of Divine Ascent
The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Season of Repentance: Lenten Homilies of Saint John of Kronstadt
Season of Repentance: Lenten Homilies of Saint John of Kronstadt
Great Lent
Great Lent
The Icon Series

Watch and learn about six of the foremost icons of Orthodox Lenten:  The Icon of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, The Icon of the Ladder of Divine Ascent, The Icon of the Raising of Lazarus, The Icon of the Resurrection, The Icon of the Ascension, and The Icon of Pentacost.

For The Children . . .
Holy Week & Pascha
Holy Week & Pascha
Orthodox Children's Illustrated Bible
Orthodox Children's Illustrated Bible
Glorious Pascha
Glorious Pascha

For more children's books. . . visit Orthodox Christian Children.com

 

Online resources to aid in teaching children, teens & young adults about Triodion, Great Lent & Pascha:

  • Family Gospel Lessons - Goarch.org
  • Ways to Share Great Lent & Pascha with your Children - Antiochian.org
  • Let Us Attend: Sunday's Gospel for Children - Antiochian.org
  • "Be the Bee"  - Official YouTube channel of the GOA's Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries: Complete Series 

 

 

 

 

Orthodox Holy Week

Holy Week: A Liturgical Explanation for the Days of Holy Week click here click here 

Great and Holy Monday Scripture Readings
Great and Holy Monday Scripture Readings
Great and Holy Tuesday Scripture Readings
Great and Holy Tuesday Scripture Readings
Great and Holy Wednesday Scripture Readings
Great and Holy Wednesday Scripture Readings

  

Great and Holy Thursday Scripture Readings
Great and Holy Thursday Scripture Readings
Great and Holy Friday Scripture Readings
Great and Holy Friday Scripture Readings
Great and Holy Saturday Scripture Readings
Great and Holy Saturday Scripture Readings

 

 

Icon of the Ressurection
Icon of the Ressurection
Icon of the Ressurection

In the Orthodox Church the feast of Easter is officially called Pascha, the word which means the Passover. It is the new Passover of the new and everlasting covenant foretold by the prophets of old. It is the eternal Passover from death to life and from earth to heaven. It is the Day of the Lord proclaimed by God’s holy prophets, “the day which the Lord has made” for His judgment over all creation, the day of His final and everlasting victory. It is the Day of the Kingdom of God, the day “which has no night” for “its light is the Lamb” (Rev 21.22–25).

 

The celebration of Easter in the Orthodox Church, therefore, is once again not merely an historical reenactment of the event of Christ’s Resurrection as narrated in the gospels. It is not a dramatic representation of the first Easter morning. There is no “sunrise service” since the Easter Matins and the Divine Liturgy are celebrated together in the first dark hours of the first day of the week in order to give men the experience of the “new creation” of the world, and to allow them to enter mystically into the New Jerusalem which shines eternally with the glorious light of Christ, overcoming the perpetual night of evil and destroying the darkness of this mortal and sinful world:

Shine! Shine! O New Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone upon you! Exult and be glad O Zion! Be radiant O Pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son! continue reading


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Journey to Pashca

When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going. Thus with Lent. Above all, Lent is a spiritual journey and its destination is Easter, "the Feast of Feasts." It is the preparation for the "fulfillment of Pascha, the true Revelation." We must begin, therefore, by trying to understand this connection between Lent and Easter, for it reveals something very essential, very crucial about our Christian faith and life. Continue reading >

Special Pascha Services
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Akathist to The Theotokos Service Schedule > click here

The Who’s Who of The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
The Who’s Who of The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Great Cannon of St. Andrew Service Schedule > click here

Akathist Services
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What is an Akathist Service? 

An akathist (Greek, akathistos) is is a hymn dedicated to a Saint, a Holy Event, or one of the persons of the Holy Trinity.

 

 

To hear the Troparion and Kontakion for St. Herman as chanted by the Sign of the Theotokos Orthodox Church, Montreal Canada  click here

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Visit the on-line Chapel of The Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA or via YouTube. 

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Orthodox Web Solutions has developed a new free app for smartphones and tablets called: Orthodoxy in America.  This app is much more than just a church locator, it also brings together news, social posts, daily audio, trending photos, as well as video and 360 tours from the various jurisdictions, agencies, seminaries, monasteries, and Orthodox media outlets, including: Ancient Faith, Orthodox Christian Network, Pravmir, Pemptousia, Pravoslavie.ru, Patristic Nectar, Sister Vassa, Y2AM, and others.

This is the first app of its kind, and we are very pleased to be involved with the project.  May it help inform, educate and inspire the faithful to live and share their Orthodox Faith!

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The Misson of the Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to "Go into all the world and make disciples of nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. . . ."

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St. Raphael Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of the South. Our Diocese spans 14 states and has over 100 faithful clergy and monastics serving in 78 parishes, missions, and three monastic communities. We invite you to come worship with us from Alburquerque, New Mexico to Wilmington, North Carolina! Please see our Parish Listings for more details and to find a parish near you, or click on a story above to see the latest news from from the Diocese!

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) give by God to man, through the Holy spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifiction, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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