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Saint Sophia Blog: April

The Service of the Bridegroom (Part II) »

April 30th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Orthros of each of these days is called the Service of the Bridegroom (Akolouthia tou Nimfiou). The name comes from the central figure in the well-known parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). The title Bridegroom suggests the intimacy of love. It is not without significance that the kingdom of God is compared to a bridal feast and a bridal chamber. The Christ of the Passion is the divine […]

The Service of the Bridegroom (Part I) »

April 29th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

Beginning on the evening of Palm Sunday and continuing through the evening of Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church observes a special service known as the Service of the Bridegroom. Each evening service is the Matins or Orthros service of the following day (e.g. the service held on Sunday evening is the Orthros service for Holy Monday). The name of the service is from the figure of the Bridegroom in the […]

The Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem »

April 26th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. [On Palm Sunday]┬áChrist enters the path not only of His sufferings but of that dreadful loneliness which enshrouds Him during all the days of Passion week. The loneliness begins with a misunderstanding; the people expect that the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem will be the triumphant procession of a political leader, of a leader who will free his people […]

The Bridegroom Services »

April 25th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

The three days that open “Great Week” are called “Holy” or “Great” Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; and they are “Great” precisely because each of them symbolically teaches us something of ourselves, and of God in our life. Most people know what happens on Holy Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but the first three are the least known days–I mean it’s already hard enough going to Church three days in a row. […]

A Brief Meditation on Lent »

April 24th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

All of us lead lives so filled with the demands of work and family that little time is left to us to cultivate the garden of our soul. In our preoccupation with the ceaseless business of life, our spirit, if not completely forgotten, is often sadly neglected. When we do find the time to look at ourselves honestly, we soon discover that the spirit of the world has gradually and […]