Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great
THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (VENERATION OF THE LIFE-GIVING CROSS): SAINT JAMES THE CONFESSOR
RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE THREE:
Let the heavens rejoice! Let the earth be glad! For the Lord has shown strength with His arm! He has trampled down death by death! He has become the firstborn of the dead! He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted to the world great mercy!
Welcome Address of Dr Philip Kariatlis
Academic Director and Senior Lecturer in Theology
On the occasion of the visitation of His Holiness Irinej
Archbishop of Pech, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch
St Andrews Greek Orthodox Theological College
11 March 2016
Distinguished members of faculty,
Students and friends of St Andrew’s who are with us this morning,
It is my great pleasure and honour to welcome everyone this morning to St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College on this auspicious and blessed occasion.
Address of His Holiness Irinej
Archbishop of Pech, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and
St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College
University of Divinity
8 March 2016
Your Grace the Right Reverend Dean of St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College, Your Eminence, Your Graces, Distinguished Vice Chancellor of the University of Divinity, Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics, Esteemed Professors, Dear Students, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Patriarchal and Synodal Encyclical on the convocation of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church28. March 2016 - 10:17
Your Beatitude and Most Holy Daniel, Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan of Wallachia and Patriarch of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Romania, dearly beloved and cherished brother and concelebrant in Christ God, we embrace Your venerable Beatitude fraternally in the Lord and greet you most joyfully.
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Why do we fast? Why do we make sacrifices? Why do we stand at long services? Why do we pray? To those of us who are beginning to doubt and waver after only two weeks of the Fast, the Church brings us an answer today. This answer is in the person of St Gregory Palamas, the fourteenth-century Archbishop of Salonica in Greece to whom this Sunday is dedicated.
Among the church services held during Lent, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, performed on Wednesdays and Fridays, holds an important place. During this service the Holy Elements, blessed during the previous Sunday’s Liturgy and saved in the artophorion (gold plated box) are placed on the Holy Table in the middle of the Sanctuary are offered for communion to believers.