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Second Wednesday after Pascha: The Closure of our Churches »

April 29th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Abbot Tryphon, April 14, 2020 We must receive the closure of our churches with a peaceful heart I remember hearing, early on in my monastic life, of a holy elder who lived as a hermit, far from any group of other monks, and deprived of the chance to participate in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Hearing of this, I thought to myself, how could such a man survive […]

Second Monday after Pascha: A Different Pascha—1928 »

April 27th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Stephen Freeman, April 4, 2020 This year, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Churches [were] be unable to gather in the usual manner for Pascha. This has happened before in a variety of places and circumstances. In the 1920’s, the Bolshevik’s were unleashing their persecutions. This wonderful account, from Butyrka Prison on Pascha of 1928, is a sober reminder that our “light momentary affliction” is a small thing. It also […]

Palm Sunday. The Entrance of Christ into Jerusalem. »

April 12th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

Introduction On the Sunday before the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha and at the beginning of Holy Week, the Orthodox Church celebrates one of its most joyous feasts of the year. Palm Sunday is the commemoration of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem following His glorious miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. Having anticipated His arrival and having heard of the miracle, the people went out to […]

Lazarus Saturday »

April 11th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Lev Gillet, April 20, 2019 Strictly speaking, Lent ends on the Friday which follows the fifth Sunday of Lent: the period of forty days is then over. The time of the Passion lasts from the end of Lent until the Resurrection, anticipated on Holy Saturday. It therefore comprises the Saturday which follows the fifth Sunday of Lent, called ‘Lazarus Saturday’, and the first six days of Holy Week. […]

The Fifth Friday of Lent. The Fullness in Lent »

April 3rd, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, March 18, 2014  This article keeps coming to mind as I celebrate the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts on these Lenten Wednesdays and Fridays. There is nothing to compare to them in the Christian liturgical world. It’s hard to thinking of fasting in the midst of such a feast. Orthodoxy has a number of “favorite” words – all of which fall outside the bounds of normal […]