Holy Week in the Eastern Orthodox Church institutes the sanctity of the whole calendar year of the Church. Its center of commemorations and inspiration is Easter wherein the glorified Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. Every Sunday is dedicated in the Eastern Orthodox Church to the Resurrection of the Lord. One hundred days are dedicated to Easter, 50 before it for preparation, and another 50 after it for commemorating the glorification of the Lord. Easter is considered the “Feasts of Feasts”.
The services of Holy Week transform us into eyewitnesses and direct participants in the awesome events of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In readings taken from both the Old and New Testaments, in hymns, processions, and liturgical commemoration, we see the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies, and the mighty acts by which God himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, grants us forgiveness for our sins, and rescues us from the pain of eternal death.
Holy Week is the most important week of the year, because it brings us to the gates of God’s Kingdom. Christ’s voluntary sacrifice on the Cross gives us access to the very presence of God. As we remember the last days of Christ on earth, we relive the great moments of His passion through a continuous liturgical drama.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Great Lent, which began on Monday, March 14, 2016, is truly a period of meditation for the soul and body. It is the time for us to collect and to recall all our sinful deeds and to repent and ask forgiveness from God and to strengthen our ties with Him. Great Lent serves as a preparation for the drama and the true passion of the Holy Week which will soon be upon us.
There are many roads and avenues which lead to the spiritual edification of our souls with prayer, Bible reading, fasting, Holy Confession and Holy Communion. No matter which path we take, the Road of the Great Lent definitely plays a very essential role in the cultivation and growth of our religious life.
Fasting, Prayer and Repentance are essential elements for the salvation of our souls and during the Great Lent we have the opportunity to humble ourselves and ask forgiveness from our Lord for our sins.
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