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Come, receive the light from the unwaning light, and glorify Christ Who is risen from the dead . . trampling death by death, and bestowing life on those in the graves.-Orthodox Resurrection hymn
The Eastern Orthodox calendar consists of a sequence of feasts and fasts commemorating the Incarnation and its fulfillment in the Church. Pre-eminent among all the festivals is Pascha, the Feast of Feasts, which determines all the movable feasts for the liturgical calendar.
The week before Pascha in the Orthodox Church, called Great and Holy Week, is set apart in the ecclesiastical year, so that we might stop and change our pace, meditate upon and relive the last week in our Lord's life which opened the doors of paradise. The events are presented as a drama bringing us to identify ourselves with them and elevate us in an all-embracing movement upward to God. As we relive the annual drama, we receive its benefits and allow the events to transform us into renewed Christians. We fully participate in the services as if actually entering God's Kingdom with hearts filled with faith, minds open to revelation, and a will of concern for spiritual ascent. The scenes take place in Jerusalem. The participants are real. The events, though historical, occur in the present. The laity responds to what it sees and hears... More
As we switch our calendars over to 2014, let us take a few moments to fill in our paper and digital calendars with dates that are our first priorities.
Forgiveness Vespers, the beginning of Lent, will occur on the Sunday, March 2 at 6 PM. Each member of our parish should be present for this important and moving rite so that we can enter the Fast together. Clean week will be March 3-7. Make a goal for yourself: to attend church at least once per day this week. We have services three times a day during this opportunity to "purify our senses."
The Pascha of the Lord: His Last Supper, His Crucifixion, His Burial, and His Rising is celebrating April 17-20. Now is the time to ask for time off from work and to notify loved ones, etc. that you have appointments that cannot be changed.
Our parish feast day, Pentecost, will be celebrated June 7-8. We experience the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Church, our parish, and ourselves as individuals in Holy Chrismation. We do not miss our family and friends' birthday parties -- this is the right weekend to be with your parish family.
Those with families or children can make a fun exercise of planning the year and being purposeful with our time by making family calendars, etc. You can also check out great online resources such as OCA.Org or the "Online Chapel" of the Greek Archdiocese.