Let us Pray to the Lord...

n Orthodox Christian Tradition one can distinguish two aspects of prayer - the personal prayer which is done privately and the catholic prayer which is done collectively in the realm of public worship by many Christian believers together. These two kinds of prayer are really inseparable. Every Orthodox Christian will be saved as a faithful member of the Ekklesia (Church), as a member of the Body of Christ, together with the other Christian believers.

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The Divine Ascension

Forty days after His Resurrection Christ ascended into Heaven, where He had been previously, according to His own words to the Disciples before His Passion  "Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? (St. John 6:61-62). Of course, this does not mean that Christ, as God, was not in heaven during the time of His incarnation, but that He would go up even with His human flesh. Moreover, His coming down from heaven is meant as Divine condescension and not as a change of place.

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The Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Part V)

Christ's Resurrection should not be celebrated as historical or social event, but as existential, which means that it should be a participation in the grace of the Resurrection. The fasting which precedes the feast during the whole of Lent, the ascetic struggle, aims at the bet participation in the mystery of the Resurrection. In order to be successful, however, this requires, as all the Holy Fathers teach, purification of the senses of both body and soul

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Homily for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women (Gospel of St. Mark 15:43-16:8)

The Resurrection of the Lord is the regeneration of human nature. It is the resuscitation and recreation of the first Adam, whom sin led to death, and who because of death, again was made to retrace his steps on the earth from which he was made. The resurrection is the return to immortal life. Whereas no one saw that first man when he was created and given life--because no man existed yet at that time--a woman was the first person to see him after he had received the breath of life by Divine inbreathing. For after him, Eve was the first human being.

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The Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

The Resurrection of Christ is the greatest event in history. It is what distinguishes Christianity from every other religion. The other religions have mortal leaders, while the Head of the Church is the risen Christ. The Resurrection of Christ is the renewal of human nature, the recreation of the human race, the living eschatological reality. When we speak of the Resurrection, we do not separate it from the Cross, for the Cross and the Resurrection are the two poles of the redemptive experience, just as we pray in the Church, "through the Cross is joy come into all the world. Ever blessing the Lord, let us sing His Resurrection", or just as we sing "We venerate Thy Cross, O Master: and we glorify Thy Holy Resurrection."

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Bright Friday: Feast Dat--Theotokos the Life-Giving Font

On Bright Friday, the first Friday after Pascha, the Life-Giving Spring is celebrated. The Life-Giving Spring (Ζωοδόχος Πηγή) is a title given to the Mother of God, an actual miracle-working spring (Greek: αγιάσμα) at Valoukli, near the Queen City of Constantinople, to a soldier named Leo Marcellus, who later became Byzantine Emperor Leo (457-474 A.D.). Holy Emperor Leo I the Thracian oversaw the building of the church that was named in honor of the Most Holy Theotokos. For almost fifteen hundred years, this church has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Greek Orthodoxy.

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