Moment’s from the ceremony of the Holy Fire Miracle that annually happens in Jerusalem!

Right now we are still waiting for the Holy Fire to appear from Jesus grave throught the prayers of the Patriarch. In a few hours the miracle will happen, and the light will travel with special flights to all over the Orthodox countries, and all over the world in order to receive it tonight at the Resurrection.

I can’t wait!!!!

And of course, this is yesterday’s Lamentatons in Greek…!!!

Okay, it’s Holy Saturday already, however I’d like to share with you the beautiful sadness of Holy Thursday’s night! I am sad that Holy Week it’s almost over…!

Everyone, have a blessed remain of Great Saturday!

Holy Tuesday:

On Holy Tuesday the Church calls to remembrance two parables, which are related to the Second Coming. The one is the parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-3); the other the parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). These parables point to the inevitability of the Parousia and deal with such subjects as spiritual vigilance, stewardship, accountability and judgment.

From these parables we learn at least two basic things. First, Judgment Day will be like the situation in which the bridesmaids (or virgins) of the parable found themselves: some ready for it, some not ready. The time one decides for God is now and not at some undefined point in the future. If “time and tide waits for no man,” certainly the Parousia is no exception. The tragedy of the closed door is that individuals close it, not God. The exclusion from the marriage feast, the kingdom, is of our own making. Second, we are reminded that watchfulness and readiness do not mean a wearisome, spiritless performance of formal and empty obligations. Most certainly it does not mean inactivity and slothfulness. Watchfulness signifies inner stability, soberness, tranquility and joy. It means spiritual alertness, attentiveness and vigilance. Watchfulness is the deep personal resolve to find and do the will of God, embrace every commandment and every virtue, and guard the intellect and heart from evil thoughts and actions. Watchfulness is the intense love of God.

Eastern Orthodox Palm Sunday celebrations

He knew…

… Do you think God, who is King of the universe, claimed this dominion and aspired to become King of this small, hardened people of Israel, who did not recognize or receive their Messiah and now were preparing to deliver Him to a horrible and tortuous death by crucifixion? All the holy heavenly bodiless powers would lament at His festal entrance into Jerusalem, if they knew the horrible cross they were preparing for Him on Golgotha.

Did the Lord Jesus Christ weep only for His contemporary Jews? Certainly not! The Omniscient One also knew that which we see today. He knew that over the centuries the human race would entirely forget Him, that they would blaspheme and ridicule His holy Name. He knew this, which is why He said that the Son of Man, when He comes the second time, He probably will not find faith on earth.

- Saint Luke of Crimea on Palm Sunday (excerpt)

Fasting Rules for Holy Week

Holy and Great Monday, Holy and Great Tuesday, Holy and Great Wednesday: (One meal may be taken each day)

Abstinence Of: Meat & Meat Products, Dairy Products, Fish, Olive Oil, Wine. No Abstinence Of: Shellfish, Vegetables & Vegetable Products, Fruit.

Holy and Great Thursday:

Abstinence Of: Meat & Meat Products, Dairy Products, Fish. No Abstinence Of: Olive Oil, Wine, Shellfish, Vegetables & Vegetable Products, Fruit.

Holy and Great Friday:

On Holy and Great Friday, those who have the strength, keep a total fast. Those unable to do this may eat bread, with a little water, tea, or fruit juice, but not until sunset, or at any rate not until the veneration of the Epitaphion at Vespers.

Holy and Great Saturday: (One meal may be taken on this day)

On this one Saturday, alone among all the Saturdays of the year, olive oil is not permitted. Abstinence Of: Meat & Meat Products, Dairy Products, Fish, Olive Oil. No Abstinence Of: Wine, Shellfish, Vegetables & Vegetable Products, Fruit.

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In short, these are the Lenten rules for fasting. Traditionally, the Church Fathers recommend that someone new to fasting begin by resolving to faithfully do as much as he or she is able during the Lenten period. Each year as one matures as a Christian, a fuller participation can be under­taken. However, it is not recommended that a person try to create their own rules for fasting, since this would not be obedient or wise. The Faithful are encouraged to consult with their priest or bishop regarding the Fast when possible.

Personal factors such as one’s health and living situation need to be considered as well. For example, an isolated Or­thodox Christian required to eat meals at their place of employment, school or in prison may not be able to avoid certain foods. The Church understands this and extends leniency.

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion,Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, 0 Christ God!Like the children with the palms of victory,we cry out to Thee, 0 Vanquisher of Death:Hosanna in the highest!Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!
- Troparion of the Feast, sung on both Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion,
Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, 0 Christ God!
Like the children with the palms of victory,
we cry out to Thee, 0 Vanquisher of Death:
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!

- Troparion of the Feast, sung on both Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday

When our soul has no love for Christ…

When our soul has no love for Christ, we are like ships that have no fuel, no gas in their engines. We must always remember Christ with love. Then our soul will leap for joy.

- Elder Amphilochios of Patmos

In one week and 4 days, we’ll sing this at Church! I am so excited I can’t wait! <3 

"Every generation offers Thee it’s hymn of praise at Thy burial, O Christ…"

The Holy Week is coming!

Yes, it’s true, the most beautiful time of the year is coming! I can’t wait to spend my whole week, from the early morning to the midnight, to the Church: to learn again about the last days of Jesus in earth, to cry when He’s crucified, to sing with the other girls the Lamentations, to be one of the myrr-bearers that will protect Jesus’ grave all night long, and generally to join to the other beautiful customs of the Orthodox Church! The services are longer, but more touching than usually. I just love them so much, since I was a little child!

Let’s all be as prepared as we can, in order to meet the Crucified Lord, and to live the events through the services as intensive as we can. And then, after the pain and the tears that we’ll have, we’ll all sing united “Christ is Risen”!

God immediately forgives…

God immediately forgives those who ask forgiveness in humility and contrition, who ceaselessly invoke His holy name, who repent to God and unite with Him by frequent and patient prayers and by confessing sins to Him each day.

- St. Gregory of Sinai

He was the perfect example…

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He was the perfect example of a great, strong and courageous heart that bore the injustice of the wicked and said, “Father forgive them.” This beautiful phrase has moved and moved the hearts of people throughout the generations. Thus, He transformed the Cross of shame to a Cross of glory and transformed pain and suffering to blessings and crowns.

- Pope Shenouda

A beautiful saying from St. Patrick, who is an Orthodox saint, but not celebrated today in our calendar! (via Youth of the New Gracanica - Midwest Diocese)
Note: St. Patrick is commemorated today to the Churches that use the New Calendar!!!

A beautiful saying from St. Patrick, who is an Orthodox saint, but not celebrated today in our calendar! (via Youth of the New Gracanica - Midwest Diocese)

Note: St. Patrick is commemorated today to the Churches that use the New Calendar!!!

True Orthodoxy

A touchstone of true Orthodoxy is the love for Christ’s Saints.

- Fr. Seraphim Rose (via James)