John 20:24-25 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said, “Except I shall see in His hands — I will not believe.” 1. As to believe carelessly and in a random way, […]
The eighth day after Pascha as the ending of the celebration of Bright Week was a special celebration since ancient times, as if it replaced the very same Day of Pascha and was called Antipascha, and means “instead of Pascha”. From this day the cycle of Sundays and weeks of the entire year begins. […]
On Bright Friday, in addition to the normal Paskhal hymns and the hymns from the Octoechos, special stichera and a canon in honor of the Theotokos (Mother of God or Birthgiver of God) are chanted in commemoration of her Icon of the “Life-giving Spring.” The Life-giving Spring or Life-giving Font is both the feast […]
By Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos On the Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the life-bearing Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. Verses Christ descended to do battle with Hades alone; He ascended after taking many spoils of victory. Synaxarion We call the present Feast “Pascha,” which […]
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life!