The Miracle of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem [VIDEO]

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Source: OrthodoxyToday.org On Holy Saturday believers gather in great crowds in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. For on this day fire comes down from Heaven and puts fire on lamps in the Church. "The Miracle of the Holy Fire" by Christians from the Orthodox Churches is known as "The greatest of all Christian miracles". It takes place every single year, on the same time, in the same manner, … [Read more...]

Christos Anesti! — Greek chant

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZSyTUsdpu0[/youtube] Christ, the central figure of the icon, is robed in white to show His divinity. The aureole (elongated halo) around Him also symbolizes this brilliant Light. At His feet are the demolished gates of Hades (in some icons these gates are the coffin lids of Adam and Eve and are depicted as a Cross on which Christ stands), with their … [Read more...]

Patriarch Pavle: Paschal Encyclical 2009

Patriarchal Paschal Encyclical 2009 The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2009 P A V L E By the grace of God, Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with the all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church – to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy and peace from God … [Read more...]

Patriarch Kirill: Easter greetings to Churches

Patriarch Kirill addresses his flock with a Paschal message Moscow, April 19, Interfax - On the eve of the Resurrection of Christ, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia turned to his flock with his first Paschal message. "Christ's resurrection is the foundation of a life that has conquered death, sin and corruption. We are called to relive Easter as the triumph of life not only on this … [Read more...]

Bishop Artemije of Raška-Prizren: Easter Message

Spiritual leader of Kosovo Serbs urges his flock to follow the Savior’s way of the Cross Belgrade, April 17, Interfax – Ruling hierarch of Kosovo Bishop Artemije of Raška-Prizren in his Easter message urged residents of this Serbian region not to abandon their native land. “Let’s stay in Kosovo and Metohija near our shrines, near tombs of our glorious and holy fathers! It is our way of the … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: Patriarchal Proclamation Pascha 2009

Patriarchal Proclamation Pascha 2009, Apr 16, 2009, Prot. No. 407 + B A R T H O L O M E W By the Grace of God, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace and Mercy By the Savior Christ Risen in Glory *** Dearly beloved brothers and children in the Lord, Christ is Risen! In sullenness, one day in the 19th century, … [Read more...]

Bishop Irinej: Archpastoral Paschal Message

14. April 2009 - 15:01 IRINEJ BY THE GRACE OF GOD THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX BISHOP OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND Addressing you: beloved monastics, clergy, all sons and daughters, the faithful spiritual children of our Holy Church, with a heart resounding and overflowing with joy in the victory of the inextinguishable light over the death-bearing darkness of sin, the great and victory-bearing … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Philip: Paschal Greetings

Paschal Greetings of Metropolitan PHILIP “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one to His own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6) “O Christ Saviour, we were but yesterday buried … [Read more...]

Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan: Easter Message

THE NEW LIFE …we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4-5) Christ’s eternal presence in the world and in our hearts became humankind’s possession because of His Resurrection. The first witnesses to that Resurrection were His disciples and followers. They … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Nicholas (American Carpatho-Russian): Archpastoral Letter for the Glorious Feast of Feasts

FOR THE GLORIOUS FEAST OF FEASTS,THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD GOD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST Prot. N. 191- April 19, 2009 To the Very Reverend Protopresbyters, the Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, Beloved Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Diocese: CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN! CHRISTOS VOSKRESE! VOISTINNU VOSKRESE! I greet you in the bright morning of the Resurrection … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios: Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Pascha 2009

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Pascha 2009 April 16, 2009 Protocol 40/09, April 19, 2009 Holy Pascha, The Feast of Feasts Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah: on the occasion of the great feast of the Lord’s Pascha, 2009

Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, on the occasion of the great feast of the Lord's Pascha, 2009 Posted 04/13 Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! To the Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of The Orthodox Church in America Dearly Beloved in Christ, Beloved, let us greet one another with Paschal Joy, and exchange the kiss of … [Read more...]

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