At Bridegroom Orthros on Great and Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church sings the following hymn by St. Kassiane:
O Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins, perceiving Thy divinity, fulfilled the part of a myrrh-bearer; and with lamentations she brought sweet-smelling oil of myrrh to Thee before Thy burial. ‘Woe is me,’ she said, ‘for night surrounds me, dark and moonless, and stings my lustful passion with the love of sin. Accept the fountain of my tears, O Thou who drawest down from the clouds the waters of the sea. Incline to the groanings of my heart, O Thou who in Thine ineffable self-emptying hast bowed down the heavens. I shall kiss Thy most pure feet and wipe them with the hairs of my heads, those feet whose sound Eve heard at dusk in Paradise and hid herself for fear. Who can search out the multitude of my sins and the abyss of Thy judgments, O Saviour of my soul? Despise me not, Thine handmaiden, for Thou hast mercy without measure.

At Bridegroom Orthros on Great and Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church sings the following hymn by St. Kassiane:

O Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins, perceiving Thy divinity, fulfilled the part of a myrrh-bearer; and with lamentations she brought sweet-smelling oil of myrrh to Thee before Thy burial. ‘Woe is me,’ she said, ‘for night surrounds me, dark and moonless, and stings my lustful passion with the love of sin. Accept the fountain of my tears, O Thou who drawest down from the clouds the waters of the sea. Incline to the groanings of my heart, O Thou who in Thine ineffable self-emptying hast bowed down the heavens. I shall kiss Thy most pure feet and wipe them with the hairs of my heads, those feet whose sound Eve heard at dusk in Paradise and hid herself for fear. Who can search out the multitude of my sins and the abyss of Thy judgments, O Saviour of my soul? Despise me not, Thine handmaiden, for Thou hast mercy without measure.

This is the alpha and the omega

This is the alpha and the omega. This is the beginning and the end–an indescribable beginning and an incomprehensible end. This is the Christ. This is the king. This is Jesus. This is the general. This is the Lord. This is the one who rose up from the dead. This is the one who sits at the right hand of the Father. He bears the Father and is borne by the Father, to whom be the glory and the power forever. Amen.

- St. Melito of Sardis, On Pascha

Indeed He is Risen! ♥

Indeed He is Risen!

I can’t stop singing it (in all the languages, even though I don’t understand the majority of them!)

Christ is Risen!

Christ is risen from the dead, Trampling down death by death. And upon those in the tombs bestowing life.
Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!!!! Blessed Easter to all the Orthodox Christians around the world!

Christ is risen from the dead, Trampling down death by death. And upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!!!! Blessed Easter to all the Orthodox Christians around the world!

Don’t forget!

Orthodox Christian followers, don’t forget, yesterday was the last day that we used the paschal greeting “Christ is Risen” (we can greet others in this way until the Ascension of our Lord, namely today)!

I’ll miss it so much… :( It was so beautiful to mention this great message daily!

A message from Anonymous
Hey! My name is Nick and I am Catholic. Could you please tell my why you Orthodox keep greeting each other with "Christ is Risen"? Easter is over.

Christ is Risen dear Nick!

This phrase is a Paschal greeting. It is a custom among Orthodox Christians, consisting of a greeting and response. We start to say it with the feast of Pascha and it lasts until Ascension. In some countries, such as in Russia and Serbia, it is also customary to exchange a triple kiss on the alternating cheeks after the greeting.

In this way Orthodox Christians spread our joy for Jesus Resurrection and we keep spreading the joyful message! Remember, Saint Seraphim of Sarov was always greeting his guests with a prostration, a kiss, and exclaiming “Christ is risen, my Joy!”, no matter if it was Easter or not.

So all of us should follow his example and greet everyone, throughout the year with “Christ is Risen!” and we will feel a small piece of Paradise in our souls.

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED, HE IS RISEN!

My Lord and my God!

When the avaricious in astonishment asked the very wealthy: “Who is He for Whom they distribute their wealth and become beggarly?” All of them replied, one and the same: “My Lord and my God!”

Some have seen Him and have said: "My Lord and my God!" Some have only heard Him and said: "My Lord and my God!" Some have only felt Him and said: "My Lord and my God!" Some have only observed Him in the fabric of events and in the destinies of peoples and said: “My Lord and my God!” Some have felt His presence in their lives and cried out: “My Lord and my God!” Some have recognized Him by some sign, on themselves or on others, and cried out: "My Lord and my God!" Still some have only heard about Him from others and believed and cried out: "My Lord and my God!" Truly, these last ones are the most blessed!

Let us also exclaim, with all our hearts, regardless of how we have come to recognize Him or how we have come to learn about Him: "My Lord and my God!"

- St. Nikolai Velimirovich

Yesterday I died with Him..

Yesterday I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him; yesterday I died with Him; today I am quickened with Him; yesterday I was buried with Him; today I rise with Him. But let us offer to Him Who suffered and rose again for us— you will think perhaps that I am going to say gold, or silver, or woven work or transparent and costly stones, the mere passing material of earth, that remains here below, and is for the most part always possessed by bad men, slaves of the world and of the Prince of the world. Let us offer ourselves, the possession most precious to God, and most fitting; let us give back to the Image what is made after the Image. Let us recognize our Dignity; let us honour our Archetype; let us know the power of the Mystery, and for what Christ died.

- St. Gregory the Theologian - Homily on Pascha

mylifeisgreek:

Submitted by ohgivemethemoon.  

Exactly! :)
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mylifeisgreek:

Submitted by ohgivemethemoon.  

Exactly! :)

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