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Preparation for Receiving Holy Communion during Bright Week
A handbook to guide the Orthodox Christian for the receiving of Holy Communion during Bright Week

Paschal Message - 04/30/16

Paschal Message of His Holiness KIRILL Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Paschal Epistle - 04/30/16

Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Great and Holy Saturday - 04/30/16

On Great and Holy Saturday the Orthodox Church commemorates the burial of Christ and His descent into Hades.

The Lord's Descent Into Hades - 04/30/16

by St. Epiphanios of Salamis

Great and Holy Friday - 04/29/16

On this day, Holy and Great Friday, we celebrate the awesome, holy, and saving Passion of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ

Good Friday: Why the Wise Thief Was Pardoned - 04/29/16

Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Great and Holy Thursday - 04/28/16

When the glorious disciples at the supper were illumined by the washing of the feet,
then was the impious Judas darkened by the disease of avarice.

Great and Holy Wednesday - 04/27/16

Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?

Judas and the Harlot - 04/26/16

An extract from the book Meditations for Holy Week by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou

Great and Holy Tuesday - 04/26/16

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins

Great and Holy Monday - 04/25/16

We are entering into difficult days today: days when we recall the Passion of Christ

Homily on Palm Sunday - 04/24/16

by St. Luke, Archbishop of Crimea
(April 18, 1954)

Comforting the Lord as He Weeps: On Palm Sunday - 04/24/16

Bishop Benjamin (Milov) of Saratov and Balashov (+1955)

Entrance into Jerusalem - 04/24/16

John 12:1-18
From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. John
by Blessed Theophylact

Lazarus Saturday - 04/23/16

Sermon by Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky, +1985)

Indifference is the Result of Unbelief - 04/22/16

Interview with Schema-Archimandrite Iliy (Nozdrin) of Optina Monastery

Brief Spiritual Instructions - 04/19/16

Archbishop Seraphim (Sobolev) of Bogucharsk (+1950)

from the Notes of Archbishop Seraphim’s Spiritual Children

Stories of the Great Miracles - 04/19/16

Narrated by the rector of St. Elijah’s Church in Chernobyl, Archpriest Nikolay Yakushin

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt - 04/17/16

This Life of Our Venerable Mother Mary of Egypt was written down in the seventh century by Saint Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Sermon on the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent - 04/17/16

by Bishop Mitrophan (Znosko-Borovsky +2002)

Fifth Sunday of Lent - 04/17/16

Mark 10:32-45
From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Mark
by Blessed Theophylact

On Relations with One’s Neighbors - 04/16/16

St. Ambrose Elder of Optina

Life is Blessedness - 04/14/16

Selected Sayings of St. Barsanuphius of Optina

Communication of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 04/14/16

To the Clerics and Faithful: Response to Preconciliar Documents

“I Grew Up Near St. John” - 04/12/16

Interview with Matushka Maria Potapova

St. John of Kronstadt on Good Works - 04/11/16

Excerpts compiled from: My Life in Christ

St. Mark of the Pskov Caves - 04/11/16

Of the first elders of the Pskovo-Pechersk monastery only Mark alone is known by name.

Saint John Climacus and the Ladder of Divine Ascent - 04/10/16

By Metropolitan Philaret
From "The Ladder of Divine Ascent," (Boston: Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 1978)

On St. John Climacus and the Miraculous Revelation of Patriarch Tikhon's Relics - 04/10/16

by Archimandrite John (Krestiankin)

Fourth Sunday of Lent - 04/10/16

Mark 9:17-31
From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Mark
by Blessed Theophylact

St. John Klimakos (of the Ladder), the Abbot of Mount Sinai - 04/10/16

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich

“The Softening of Evil Hearts” - 04/09/16

A Conversation with Sergei Fomin, keeper of the Icon

Elder Joseph of Vatopedi on Repentance - 04/09/16

The greatest benefit which God has granted our fallen nature is none other than repentance.

Sermon on the Annunciation - 04/07/16

by St Proklos, Patriarch of Constantinople

Homily on the Feast of the Annunciation of the All Holy Theotokos - 04/07/16

by Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow

Excerpt from the Homily on the Annunciation - 04/07/16

by St. John Chrysostom

The Orthodox Brotherhood of St. Anthony in Arizona (Video) - 04/05/16

In 1995, a few Orthodox monks left Mount Athos and came to the US to start an Orthodox Monastery in the middle of the Arizona desert

Only Standing Before the Lord’s Cross You Can Understand God - 04/05/16

by Bishop Mitrophan (Znosko-Borovsky) of Boston (+2002)

On Carrying Your Cross - 04/03/16

Homily on the Third Sunday of Great Lent by St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)

What the Cross Means for Christians - 04/03/16

“O Invincible and incomprehensible and divine power of the precious and life-giving Cross, forsake not us sinners.”
by Professor I. M. Andreyev

Veneration of the Holy Cross - 04/03/16

Mark 8:34 - 9:1
From The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Mark
by Blessed Theophylact

People Don't Fast Because They Don't Know the Meaning of Lent - 04/02/16

Interview with Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany on the joy of Great Lent

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