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The Third Tuesday of Pascha, Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Service of the Consecration of a Church (Part VI) »

April 28th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

THE WASHING OF THE ALTAR TABLE Since the Altar Table represents the Tomb of Christ and His body lies therein. The Altar must undergo its own “Baptism” (washing) and “Chrismation” (anointing). Before washing and anointing the Altar Table the Bishop puts on a white linen garment called the Savanon. While the faithful kneel, the Bishop reads the prayer of Consecration. THE BISHOP: Blessed is our God always, now and ever […]

The Third Monday of Pascha, Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Service of the Consecration of a Church (Part V) »

April 27th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

THE DIALOGUE FROM PSALM 24 – ENTRY INTO CHURCH The Bishop standing in front of the Doors of the Church, begins a short dialogue. The words of this conversation are taken from Psalm 24. This act represents Christ the King entering and taking over the Church building by defeating the power of the devil. The Bishop taps on the door with his staff and says: THE BISHOP: Open, Open the […]

The Second Friday of Pascha, Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Service of the Consecration of a Church (Part IV) »

April 24th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

When the procession reaches the front doors of the Church, the Relics are again placed on the table, and readings from the Bible follow. SCRIPTURAL READINGS DEACON: Let us attend. READER: She shall be brought unto the King; the virgins that follow her shall be brought unto Thee. DEACON: Wisdom. READER: The Reading is from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews (9:1-7). DEACON: Let us attend. READER: Now […]

Second Thursday of Pascha, Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! The Feast Day of Saint George the Holy Great Martyr and Trophy-Bearer »

April 23rd, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

LIFE OF THE SAINT This great and wonderful athlete of Christ’s was the son of a wealthy and high-ranking Cappadocian family. George having lost his father at the age of ten, his mother Polychronia, who had become a Christian without her husband’s knowledge, returned to Palestine, her homeland, and brought up her son in the evangelical virtues. Handsome, intelligent and refined in manner, George embarked on a military career at the […]

The Second Wednesday of Pascha, Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Service of the Consecration of a Church (Part III) »

April 22nd, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

PROCESSIONS AROUND THE CHURCH Following this prayer, the Bishop and Clergy together with all the Faithful prepare for the Three Processions around the Church. The Three Processions represent the setting aside of an area which will be separate and sacred from all other areas. The Bishop raises the covered Paten on which the Holy Relics were placed, and prepares to leave the Church. The procession is led by the Altar Boys, […]

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