Week 1: The Triumph of Orthodoxy.
The service called The Triumph of Orthodoxy held only once a year, on the first Sunday of the Great Lent. During this service, the deacon lists main delusions and heresies and proclaims anathema to their What were those heresies? How did the Orthodox Church manage to get rid of them?
Week 2: St. Gregory Palamas.
We commemorate this great theologian and monk on the second Sunday of Lent. Who was that man? What was his life like? Let’s recall several fun facts from St. Gregory’s biography.
Week 3: The Cross.
The third week of the Great Lent is called the Week of the Veneration of the Holy Cross. Why did the Fathers institute the veneration of the Holy Cross in the middle of the Lent, and what do the Lord’s words “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34) mean?
Week 4: St. John Climacus and the Ladder.
The fourth Sunday of the Great Lent is dedicated to the memory of Saint John Climacus and his work titled The Ladder. Here we have prepared a list of possible mistakes immature Christians can make while reading it and the possible ways to apply the spirit of The Ladder rather than its letter in our daily life.
Week 5: St. Mary of Egypt.
The Fifth Sunday of the Great Lent is marked with the memory of Saint Mary of Egypt – the great sinner turned a greatest saint. How did she manage to break free from the bonds of passions that she used to indulge herself in for so many years? How did she manage to achieve holiness? Let us try and find a possible answer.
Week 6: The Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem.
There isn’t any Christian nation which wouldn’t mark the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem with a special worship ritual. Let’s describe some significant features of worship of various Christian denominations and find out how diverse our Christian liturgical traditions and the perception of the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem can be.
We are reminded of the Righteous Joseph on Holy Monday, the first day of the Holy Week. He was an astonishingly close prototype of Jesus...
The Parable of Ten Virgins, the Parable of the Talents, and the description of the Doomsday: the stories are so different but essentially, all those stories imply that we are responsible to God with regard to the main task of our lives, i.e., loving our neighbors...
Holy Wednesday worship texts describe the Gospel events, highlighting the story of the repentant harlot who poured precious myrrh on the Lord’s feet and the contrasting decision of one of the apostles to betray his Teacher for thirty silver coins...
The Church commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and his disciples on Holy Thursday. The Lord established the Sacrament of Eucharist on the eve of his Passion and death on the Cross. Prior to that, the Lord shows his love and genuine humility to his disciples...
Holy Friday is one of the most important days in the church calendar. It is as important as the twelve major Orthodox feasts; to some extent, it exceeds them and is almost as important as Easter.
The Church celebrates and experiences the Holy Saturday when Jesus was laid to rest after the suffering He had had to endure for the salvation of the human race. We are justified in calling this day the single most important Saturday of the year, which combines all other Saturdays in and of itself. Why did our Lord Jesus choose this day for his rest?
Living through the Freast of Feasts: the Paschal Reflections of the Catalog of Good Deeds Team.
After the feast has come, after the spirit of the Resurrection has touched the hearts of millions of Christians all over the world, we would like to share with you some thoughts and feelings we have about this wonderful holiday...