Daily Meditations

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

April 24th, 2015

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

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

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, […]

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

April 21st, 2015

THE SERVICE OF CONSECRATION THE BISHOP: Blessed is our God always, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. CHOIR: Amen READER: Psalm 143 Hear, O Lord, my prayer give ear to my supplication; in Thy faithfulness answer me and in Thy righteousness. And enter not into judgment with Thy servant; for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he […]

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

April 20th, 2015

What is salvation for an Orthodox Christian? For an Orthodox Christian salvation is union with Christ. This union with Christ is called the “Life in Christ”. The center of this “Life in Christ” is the Holy Altar, as well as the services which are related to it, i.e. the Seven Sacraments. Because the Holy Altar is so important in the life of an Orthodox Christian, the service of Consecration centers […]

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