MESSAGE OF HIS BEATITUDE PATRIARCH THEOPHILOS III Of JERUSALEM FOR THE FEAST OF PASCHA – 2017

  The Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 10/4/17 THEOPHILOS III By the Mercy of God Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine to all members of the Church, grace and mercy and peace from the All-Holy and Life-Giving Sepulchre of the Resurrected Christ. “Christ is risen from the dead, The fristfruits of those that sleep: The firstborn of all creation And maker of all ...

Holy Week: A Mystic Torrent

Fr. Steven Kostoff - OCA- April 2016 As we enter Holy Week, the festal atmosphere of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday yields to the solemnity, sobriety and sadness of Holy Week as the Lord moves toward His voluntary and life-giving Passion.  The Son of God came into the world “to bear witness to the truth” [John 18:37] ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION: CHURCH BECOMES MOUNT TABOR FOR US

On 19 August 2015, the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolmask, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the “Joy to All the Afflicted” Icon of the Mother of God in Bolshaya Ordynka Street in Moscow. Concelebrating ...

The Great Feast of the Ascension: The Event Between Events

Ascension

21/5/15 “Thou hast ascended in glory bringing joy to Thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit, O Lord!  Glory to Thee!” I find it odd that the great and joyful feast of the Ascension is often not well attended by our faithful. Understandably they are yet not over the euphoria of Pascha. Even forty days ...

Homily on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross

March 2015 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! The attitude in the Church of God towards the Lord’s Cross sometimes seems unusual and surprising to the world. And since we are in many ways sensual rather than spiritual, we too sometimes share this perplexity with the world. For ...