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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America – Metropolis of San Francisco CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO VIEW THE VIDEO My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, Holy Week is upon us, these final days of our journey to witness the crucifixion of Christ, and to celebrate His glorious Resurrection. Our Holy Week begins on a note of great joy. We are carried away by the words of praise, “Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.” This year, after enduring the previous two years of distance-worship, we too, can be…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America In just a few days, Holy Week begins. It is a wonderful, special week for Orthodox Christians. It is also filled with long services that can be challenging to anyone, but especially to young children. Here we offer a few suggestions that may help to make Holy Week more meaningful for our children and godchildren. Preparation begins with adults understanding the services (Holy Week: An Introduction) so that we can talk about them in words children will understand. With them, you can do some of the arts and crafts listed below. Please…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, in collaboration with the Department of Religious Education (DRE) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is pleased to announce the launch of the Holy Week Sermon Series. To begin the journey to Holy Week, an easy-to-download sermon based on a central hymn for Palm Sunday is now available: https://www.goarch.org/documents/32058/6612234/Begin+the+Journey+to+Holy+Week,+Palm+Sunday. This Holy Week Sermon Series of eight sermons, based on a central hymn of each day, will begin with Palm Sunday and end with the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha (Easter). Each sermon ranges from 500 to…

Source: The New Yorker By Paul Elie In the time of the coronavirus, the symbolic motifs of religion have turned literal. Lent, the forty-day season of preparation for Easter, is usually a time of symbolic deprivation: giving up meat on Fridays, giving up chocolate, giving up unkindness, giving up carbon. This year—Lent began on February 26th—the coronavirus has demanded quite literal deprivation: no going out, no eating out, no shopping, no seeing friends. For too many people, it has brought the pain of job loss, illness, and death. Ambulance sirens ring out constantly in the otherwise empty streets of New York…

Source: Preachers Institute The Paschal fast of Holy Week1 is the most ancient part of the Great Fast.2 It is already well attested by the second century, in conjunction with the rites of Christian initiation through baptism. At first spanning one or two days, the fast lengthened to four and then to a full six already by the third century. With the conversion of Constantine, the ensuing flood of people desiring to enter the Faith and imperial interest in holy places, the fourth century witnessed tremendous development in ritual for Holy Week. This evolutionary process continued in the middle ages and shows…