Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

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Albanian: Krishti Ungjall! Vertete Ungjall! Arabic: Al Maseeh Qam! Haqqan Qam! Armenian: Christos harjav i merelotz! Orhniale harutjun Christosi! Byelorussian: Khristos Uvoskros! Zaprowdu Uvoskros! Chinese: Helisituosi fuhuole! Queshi fuhuole! Coptic: Pikhirstof aftonf! Khen o methni aftonf! Czech: Kristus vstal zmrtvy’ch! Skutec ne vstal! Danish: Kristus er opstanden! Ja, sandelig … [Read more...]

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...]

Abp. Demetrios: Paschal Message 2011 [VIDEO]

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Website Protocol 46/11 April 24, 2011 Holy Pascha The Feast of Feasts Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4) To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks … [Read more...]

A Common Date for Pascha?

The Associated Press has a story out of the World Council of Churches about deliberations toward a common date for Pascha/Easter. The story was based, in part, on this release from the WCC. From the AP: Under the plan the unified Easter usually falls as it would under the Gregorian calendar used by Catholics and Protestants, said Dagmar Heller, an ecumenical professor in Switzerland heading … [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...]

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

Icon of Christ opening the gates of Dachau

Every Pascha, I repost two stories on OrthodoxyToday.org. that tell how Orthodox prisoners in Dachau held the Paschal Liturgy during their liberation. The first, "The Souls of All are Aflame" provides historical background and detail. The second, "Pascha in Dachau" recounts the story of a prisoner who was there. Dachua was liberated during Holy Week. The Orthodox believers experienced Christ's … [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...]

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