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Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sunday of Orthodoxy

The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent.

The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy."

The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. Monday of the First Week

On Monday of the First Week of Lent, during Great Compline, after Psalm 69, the Canon is sung. The Eirmosi are sung twice, at the beginning and end of each Song. Before each Troparion we make the sign of the Cross and bow three times.

Ode 1 Tone 6

Eirmos: He is my Helper and Protector, and has become my salvation. This is my God and I will glorify Him. My father's God and I will exalt Him. For gloriously has He been glorified. (Exodus 15:2,1; Psalm 117:

The medieval monastery of Ayia Napa is turning into a museum

The medieval monastery of Ayia Napa is turning into a museum. According to the Cypriot newspaper “Politis“, Metropolitan Vasilios of Constantia and Ammochostos, on the occasion of the signing of construction contracts, stressed that in about a year it is expected that the museum will be able to host its first visitors.

Theology As a Surprise: Patristic and Pastoral Insights

In this book, His Grace Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevi) offers us a breath of fresh air.

This is not a book of theology in the form we have become accustomed to expect: a systematic examination of the usual topics of theological reflection; it is much more than that. Bishop Maxim draws upon Scripture, the Fathers, and Liturgy to address perennial and yet very contemporary questions: our experience of time and history, our existence as human persons and the complexities of sexuality and gender, our life in the polis and the ekklesia, and the relational presence of an icon in a world saturated with digital images.

You can purchase this book here.

Source: Western American Diocese

The Thunderbolt of Ever-Living Fire

The Thunderbolt of Ever-Living Fire
The Thunderbolt of Ever-Living Fire
The Thunderbolt of Ever-Living Fire
The Thunderbolt of Ever-Living Fire

With the book in your hand, Sebastian Press once again attempts at an Orthodox participating in the "yeasting" that is underway in the Americas. The book is an offering from Elder Vasileios to us and from us to Elder Vasileious. He visited Western America and Chicago and delivered numerous talks, presentations, video and audio interviews during September of 2011, to a variety of gatherings (clergy and lay people in California, Arizona and Illinois). The following pages are Elder Vasileios' advices to the Christians who live in North America. His thoughts are expressed in a revolutionary theological style previously unknown in the Orthodox world, reflecting the immediacy of real experience. Elder Vasileios speaks directly to modern man without any deliberate "modernism".

Sacred Serbia

Sacred Serbia
Sacred Serbia
Sacred Serbia
Sacred Serbia

I’ve been to Serbia before, but only for a few brief visits. I must admit that I knew about the distinctive local flavor of this Balkan country and the idiosyncrasy of its people mostly from the movies of Emir Kusturica, the world renown Serbian filmmaker. His imaginative work is often based on organically intertwined manifestations of human nature, such as birth and death, happiness and sadness, faith and superstition, mercy and cruelty. Kusturica’s movies truthfully capture the broadness of the Serbian soul. Perhaps, that is what makes us Russians so close to the Serbs?

Ukraine cancels citizenship, deports bishop as he returns from speaking to US Congress about persecution in Ukraine

His Grace Bishop Gideon (Kharon) of Makarov, the abbot of the persecuted Monastery of the Tithes in Kiev, has been deported to America, his Ukrainian citizenship canceled.

Meeting with US Congressmen

Bp. Gideon was, in fact, just returning from a trip to America where he spoke to members of Congress about the persecutions the Ukrainian hierarchy, clergy, and faithful are experiencing now at the hands of schismatics and nationalists. His Grace also holds US citizenship.