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The Major Feasts of the Church

The Major Feasts of the Church from the Listen, Learn, and Share section of the Archdiocese website. NOTE: Lent and Pascha link does not work yet

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Violence and the Christian Theology

Like mushrooms in a field, death and suffering have emerged in different parts of the world, reflecting the effects of ethnic, racial, religious and economic conflicts of inequitable distribution of power and resources. The growing awareness of the ambivalence of religion in situations of conflict has led the churches on a quest to retrieve those elements of their belief system and traditions that contribute toward the advancement of peace with justice. In that context, they repudiate the use of religious symbols and language to legitimize violence.

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The Boundaries of the Church: An Orthodox Debate

An Orthodox perspective on the unity of the Church and the requirements for communion between churches.

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Papal Primacy

An Orthodox perspective on ecumenical dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church concerning Papal Primacy.

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The Origins of Pascha and Great Week - Part II

An introduction of the development of Great Week and Pascha in the Orthodox Church.

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The Origins of Pascha and Great Week - Part I

An introduction of the development of Great Week and Pascha in the Orthodox Church.

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Repentance and Confession - Introduction

Confession is in decline and repentance is mispprehended. The decline and the misapprehension cannot be easily qualified, but they are unmistakable at least inasmuch as they are considered to be no more than incidental practices in the life of the Church today. The traditional way of thinking of sin and forgiveness has collapsed among a growing number of Christians. Nothing less than a theological and pastoral renewal is necessary in order to rediscover the living meaning of repentance and confession.

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Preparation for Holy Confession

The gift of God's forgiveness is received through private prayer, corporate worship, the disciplines of prayer and fasting, penitential services and above all through the sacrament of Holy Confession.

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The Great and Holy Saturday

On Great Saturday the Church contemplates the mystery of the Lord's descent into Hades, the place of the dead. Death, our ultimate enemy, is defeated from within. 'He (Christ) gave Himself as a ransom to death in which we were held captive, sold under sin. Descending into Hades through the Cross ... He loosed the bonds of death' (Liturgy of St. Basil). The hymnographer of the Church describes the mystery with these words: Come, let us see our Life lying in the tomb, that He may give life to those that in their tombs lie dead. Come, let us look today on the Son of Judah as He sleeps, and with the prophet let us cry aloud to Him: Thou hast lain down, Thou hast slept as a lion; who shall awaken Thee, O King? But of Thine own free will do Thou rise up, who willingly dost give Thyself for us. O Lord, glory to Thee.Today a tomb holds Him who holds the creation in the hollow of His hand; a stone covers Him who covered the heavens with glory. Life sleeps and hell trembles, and Adam is set free from his bonds. Glory to Thy dispensation, whereby Thou hast accomplished all things, granting us an eternal Sabbath, Thy most holy Resurrection from the dead.

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