The Purpose of the Great Fast

The Purpose of the Great Fast

Source: Royal Doors.net Because we did not fast we were banished from paradise. So then let us fast so as to return back to paradise. (St. Basil, On Fasting, 1) Although our time has brought with it many changes in church laws, traditions, and discipline, and the...

Holy Week Readings – Great and Holy Saturday:

Ezekiel 37:1-14(Matins) 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Galatians 3:13-14(Matins Epistle, composite) Matthew 27:62-66(Matins Gospel) Genesis 1:1-13(Vespers, 1st reading) Isaiah 60:1-16(Vespers, 2nd reading) Exodus 12:1-11(Vespers, 3rd reading) Jonah 1:1-4:11(Vespers, 4th...

Holy Week Readings – Great and Holy Friday:

John 13:31-18:1(Matins 1st Gospel) John 18:1-28(Matins 2nd Gospel) Matthew 26:57-75(Matins 3rd Gospel) John 18:28-19:16(Matins 4th Gospel) Matthew 27:3-32(Matins 5th Gospel) Mark 15:16-32(Matins 6th Gospel) Matthew 27:33-54(Matins 7th Gospel) Luke 23:32-49(Matins 8th...
‘The Bridegroom Cometh’

‘The Bridegroom Cometh’

The following is excerpted from A Paschal Pilgrimage: A Guide to the Great Fast by Bishop Basil Losten. ‘The Bridegroom Cometh’ On Palm Sunday evening at Vespers we “pass from the feast of palms and branches… to the saving solemnity of the sufferings of Christ.” On...