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Christ is Risen!

April 20, 2014

People rejoice, nations hear:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Stars dance, mountains sing:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Forests murmur, winds hum:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Seas bow*, animals roar:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Bees swarm, and the birds sing:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!

Angels stand, triple the song:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Sky humble yourself, and elevate the earth:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Bells chime, and tell to all:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Glory to You God, everything is possible to You,
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!

The words are from a poem by St. Nicholas Velimirovic.

Christ is Risen!

April 20, 2014

Paschal Homily of St John Chrysostom

April 20, 2014

If you are devout and love God, enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival. If you are a grateful servant,enter, rejoicing, into the joy of your Lord. If you followed the fast, receive your payment now.
If you worked from the first hour, receive today your just reward. If you came after the third hour, you are welcomed to celebrate. If you arrived after the sixth hour, have no doubt; for you suffer no loss. If you delayed until the ninth hour, come near with no cause to hesitate. If you arrived even at the eleventh hour, do not be fearful of the lateness; for the Lord is generous and accepts the last as He does the first.
He gives rest to him of the eleventh hour, as to him who worked from the first hour. He shows mercy to the last and attends to the first. To the one is given and to the other is granted. He accepts the works and welcomes the volition. He honours the act and praises the intention.
All of you, therefore, enter into the joy of our Lord; both first and last, receive your reward. You richand poor, with one another dance. You who are abstinent and you who are indolent, honour this day.
You who have fasted and you who have not fasted, be glad today. The table is richly laden; all of you,feast sumptuously. The calf is plentiful; let no one depart hungry. All of you partake of the banquet offaith. All of you enjoy the wealth of goodness.
Let no one deplore his poverty, for the Universal Kingdom has been revealed. Let no one lament for transgressions, because forgiveness has dawned from the Tomb. Let no one fear death, for the death of the Saviour has set us free.
He subdued it when it took hold of Him. He despoiled Hades when He descended into Hades. He embittered it as it tasted of His flesh. And anticipating this, Isaiah cried out, “Hades was embittered when it encountered You below.”
It was embittered, for it was abolished.
It was embittered, for it was mocked.
It was embittered, for it was mortified.
It was embittered, for it was dethroned.
It was embittered, for it was enchained.
It received a body and came upon God. It received earth and met up with heaven. It received what it saw and stumbled upon what it did not see. Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown.
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen.
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice.
Christ is risen, and life rules.
Christ is risen, and not one is to be found dead in the tomb.
For Christ rising from the dead has become the First to awaken among those who are asleep.
To Him be the glory and the power to the ages of ages.

Amen.

Lenten Concert: O My Sweetest Springtime

April 4, 2014

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Wednesday 9 April 2014, 19:00 p.m.

The Hellenic Centre

16-18 Paddington Street,

London W1U 5AS

The Education Office at the Embassy of Greece in London and the Cyprus Educational Mission (K.E.A.) in cooperation with The School of Byzantine Music of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain present an evening of Orthodox Christian Hymns of Great Lent and Holy Week.

The School of Byzantine Music Choir will perform selected hymns and contemporary Greek poems set to music. The programme also includes reading of poems, prose and hymns.

Entrance free. Booking essential on 02075639835 or at press@helleniccentre.org
Sponsored by The Hellenic Centre.

You are welcome!!!

The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

April 2, 2014

Originally posted on Monastery of Ypseni:

What is “the Great Canon of St. Andrew” ?


The Great Canon is a long chanted hymn in the form of a poem. It consists of four parts, each divided into nine odes like a regular canon, but there are more troparia (stanzas).
The refrain is  “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,” and a full prostration is performed.

What’s “Great” about it?


The Church decided to call it the Great Canon not so much for its length (250 troparia, or verses), as for the quality and power of its content.

When was it written?


It was written in the Seventh Century. When St. Andrew traveled to Constantinople for the 6th Ecumenical Council, in the year 680 AD, he brought with him and made public both his great composition and the life of St. Mary of Egypt, written by his compatriot and teacher, Sophronios, Patriarch of Jerusalem…

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St Nectarios on Happiness

March 20, 2014

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How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end! In the same thing to construct the tower of happiness outside of ourselves as it is to build a house in a place that is consistently shaken by earthquakes. Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God. Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts: “I will visit them, and will walk in them, and I will be a God to them, and they will be my people.” (II Cor. 6:16) What can be lacking to them? Nothing, nothing at all! For they have the greatest good in their hearts: God Himself! 

On Candlemas Day By St. Sophronius Of Jerusalem

February 2, 2014

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Our lighted candles are a sign of the divine splendour of the one who comes to expel the dark shadows of evil and to make the whole universe radiant with the brilliance of his eternal light. Our candles also show how bright our souls should be when we go to meet Christ.

The Mother of God, the most pure Virgin, carried the true light in her arms and brought him to those who lay in darkness. We too should carry a light for all to see and reflect the radiance of the true light as we hasten to meet him.

The light has come and has shone upon a world enveloped in shadows; the Dayspring from on high has visited us and given light to those who lived in darkness. This, then, is our feast, and we join in procession with lighted candles to reveal the light that has shone upon us and the glory that is yet to come to us through him. So let us hasten all together to meet our God.

The true light has come, the light that enlightens every man who is born into this world. Let all of us, my brethren, be enlightened and made radiant by this light. Let all of us share in its splendor, and be so filled with it that no one remains in the darkness. Let us be shining ourselves as we go together to meet and to receive with the aged Symeon the light whose brilliance is eternal.

Rejoicing with Symeon, let us sing a hymn of thanksgiving to God, the Father of the light, who sent the true light to dispel the darkness and to give us all a share in his splendor.

Through Symeon’s eyes we too have seen the salvation of God which he prepared for all the nations and revealed as the glory of the new Israel, which is ourselves. As Symeon was released from the bonds of this life when he had seen Christ, so we too were at once freed from our old state of sinfulness.

By faith we, too embraced, Christ, the salvation of God the Father, as he came to us from Bethlehem. Gentiles before, we have now become the people of God. Our eyes have seen God incarnate, and because we have seen him present among us and have mentally received him into our arms, we are called the new Israel.

Never shall we forget this presence; every year we keep a feast in his honour.

 

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