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THE RESURRECTION – EXCLUSIVE TO CHRISTIANITY

“I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”
Isaiah 49:15-16
“It is not possible to represent and to think of the cross without love. Where the cross is, there is love. In church you see crosses everywhere and on everything, in order that everything should remind you that you are in the temple of the God of love, the temple of love crucified for us.”
St. John of Kronstadt


Never and nowhere, in any false religion or human philosophy, has anyone ever given any thought – whether seriously or in jest – that it could ever be possible to vanquish the most undesirable intruder in man’s life and our worst enemy – death – which is undoubtedly the supreme form of anguish in the present lifetime.

Christ’s Resurrection, which had abolished Death, has the common resurrection of all the dead as its immediate outcome. This is a truth that is genuinely Christian. It was not coined by the Disciples of Christ – those simple fishermen who obviously were not predisposed for philosophies and theories. Victory over death is not a human invention; it is the work and the revelation of the Holy, Glorious, Triune God for the sake of fallen mankind.

Never has anyone in antiquity – from the wisest, the most intellectual, scientific, fanciful, romantic, to the most naive, lying, story-telling individual – ever considered that it would be possible to defeat death. It has never been mentioned – not even in fairy tales. It didn’t even exist as nostalgia, and not because people would not have desired it – quite the opposite. Quite simply, they regarded it as something so elusive, that they never dared to desire it or to even think of it. And we all know how in life we usually desire those things that we have some – even if only the slightest – possibility of attaining, or have seen others attain them…

Christianity is not a mere teaching; it primarily involves tangible and secured facts, from within which automatically springs forth the truth, without words – at least of its core teaching regarding God, mankind, the world, etc.. In the present instance, the Resurrection of Christ will have as its consequence the resurrection of the dead. Since Christ had foretold that He would rise from the dead and did in fact rise, and He had also said that we too would be resurrected, then, given that the former was realized, it is certain that the latter will also take place, since both are humanly impossible.

The Resurrection of Christ is doubly secured: both by prophecy and by history, therefore it is the most certain of facts in mankind’s history. That is why, over and over again, many times, Christ is Risen! He is truly Risen!

~ Archimandrite Arsenios Katerelos

 

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Service and Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection

Holy Pascha 2020

At midnight, in the darkened church, the faithful receive Holy Light (ΑΓΙΟ ΦΩΣ) from the priest. The congregation hears the good news of Christ’s triumph; His victory over death, from the Gospel. The joyous hymn of Christ’s Resurrection is triumphantly chanted –“Christ is Arisen!’ (ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ!) The Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection follows.

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Holy Saturday, Divine Liturgy and Service of the Pre-Announcement of the Resurrection

18/04/2020

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Holy Friday, The Service of Lamentations

17/04/2020

The Service of Lamentations (ΕΥΚΩΜΙΑ). The mourning of Christ’s undeserved death to save us from our sins, followed by the procession of the Epitaphion (within the Church) symbolizing our Lord’s Burial.

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Holy Friday, The Apokathelosis Service

17/04/2020

Great Vespers and the Taking down of the Body of Christ from the Cross (ΑΠΟΚΑΘΗΛΩΣΙΣ). The priest takes down Christ’s Body from the Cross, wraps it in a white cloth (shroud) and then places it in the Altar, as a symbol of His Burial by Joseph of Arimathea.

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Holy Friday, The Service of the Great Hours

17/04/2020

Christ’s Crucifixion, Death and Burial

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Holy Thursday, The Service of the Passion of our Lord

16/04/2020

The Twelve Readings from the Gospels during which the Crucifix is carried to the front of the altar by the priest. These selected narratives from the four Gospels, relate to the events of Christ’s Holy Passion ( ΠΑΘΟΣ) and His last instructions to the twelve disciples.

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Holy Thursday, Divine Liturgy for The Mystic Supper

16/04/2020

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Matins of Holy Thursday

15/04/2020

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Holy Wednesday, The Sacrament of Holy Unction

15/04/2020

Christ’s betrayal by Judas Iscariot.

The priest anoints with Holy Oil (Ευχελαιον) so that we may be spiritually and physically healed.

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