We Shall Be Like Him: Becoming a Child of God

In this video, we explore the themes of the cycle of fasts and feasts and the way they relate to the stages of our spiritual growth over the long-term experience of the life of the Church. With these tools that the Church offers us, we can move from purification, to illumination, and finally to theosis, union with God in love.
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To Live is Christ: Growing Through the Church Feasts

In this video, we learn about the way in which the Orthodox Church continues to find meaning in the past by reliving significant events. It does this through the annual cycle of feasts that guide us through the Gospel, and orients the entire Church as a family, coming together to celebrate them.
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Rejoice Always: The Festal Services of the Orthodox Church

In this video, we explore our participation in the reality of the story of salvation. The Church follows a cycle of celebrations that take us through the events of Christ’s life, and through the lives of the saints. Here we examine some of these events, and the services through which we celebrate them.
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Feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady, The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on August 15 each year. The Feast commemorates the repose (dormition and in the Greek kimisis) or "falling-asleep" of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. The Feast also commemorates the translation or assumption into heaven of the body of the Theotokos.
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Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8 each year. The Feast commemorates the birth of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
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Feast of the Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen

Learn about the life and feast day of the Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen who is commemorated annually on December 27th.
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Hymns From The Major Feasts of The Church.

Liturgical hymns from the Divine Services of the Orthodox Christian Church for the major feast days of the Liturgical Calendar. The hymns are rendered in the Byzantine Chant style by various choirs
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Feast of our Father Among the Saints, Nicholas, the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra

Learn about the life and feast day of our Father Among the Saints, Nicholas, the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra who is commemorated annually on December 6th.
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Feast of the Holy Great Martyr and Most Wise Katherine of Alexandria

Learn about the life and feast day of the Holy Great Martyr and Most Wise Katherine of Alexandria who is commemorated annually on November 25th.
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Feast of the Entrance into The Temple of Our Most Holy Lady The Theotokos

The Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on November 21 each year. The Feast commemorates when as a young child, the Virgin Mary entered the Temple in Jerusalem.
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Feast of the Holy and Glorious Great Martyr Saint Demetrios, The Myrrh-Streamer

Learn about the life and feast day of the Holy and Glorious Great Martyr Saint Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer who is commemorated annually on October 26th.
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Feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke

Learn about the life and feast day of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke who is commemorated annually on October 18th.
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Feast of the Holy Apostle Thomas

Learn about the life and feast day of the Holy Apostle Thomas who is commemorated annually on October 6th.
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Feast of the Holy and Glorious Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian

Learn about the life and feast day of the Holy and Glorious Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian who is commemorated annually on September 26th.
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Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated each year on August 6. The feast commemorates the transfiguration or metamorphosis of Christ on Mount Tabor, when our Lord appeared in His divine glory before the Apostles Peter, James, and John.
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Commemoration of the Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

Learn about the background and feast day of the Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John which is celebrated annually on August 29th.
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Great Friday

On Great Friday the Church remembers the ineffable mystery of Christ's death. Death tormenting, indiscriminate, universal - casts its cruel shadow over all creation. It is the silent companion of life. It is present in everything, ready to stifle and impose limits upon all things. The fear of death causes anguish and despair. It shackles us to the appearances of life and makes rebellion and sin erupt in us (Heb 2.14-15).
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The True Nature of Fasting

This sense of resurrection joy, so vividly described by Bishop Nikolai, forms the foundation of all the worship of the Orthodox Church; it is the one and only basis for our Christian life and hope. Yet, in order for us to experience the full power of this Paschal rejoicing, each of us needs to pass through a time of preparation. 'We waited,' says Bishop Nikolai, 'and at last our expectations were fulfilled.' Without this waiting, without this expectant preparation, the deeper meaning of the Easter celebration will be lost.
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Great Lent - A Week by Week Meaning

This great period of Lent before Easter is called by the Orthodox Church, Tessaracoste (Quadragesimal), which comes from the word forty (the 40 days of "fasting").
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Feast of the Great Martyr and Healer Saint Panteleimon

Learn about the life and feast day of the Great Martyr and Healer Saint Panteleimon who is commemorated annually on July 27th.
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Feast of the Holy Righteous Martyr Saint Paraskevi

Learn about the life and feast day of the Holy Righteous Martyr Saint Paraskevi who is commemorated annually on July 26th.
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Feast of the Holy, Glorious, and All-Praiseworthy Chiefs of the Apostles, Peter and Paul

Learn about the lives and feast day of the Holy, Glorious, and All-Praiseworthy Chiefs of the Apostles, Peter and Paul who are commemorated annually on June 29th.
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The Nativity of the Venerable and Glorious Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist

Learn about the background and feast day of the Nativity of the Venerable and Glorious Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist which is celebrated annually on June 24th.
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Sunday of All Saints

The first Sunday after the Feast of Holy Pentecost is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of All Saints. This day has been designated as a commemoration of all of the Saints, all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives.
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Feast of the Holy Great Sovereigns Constantine and Helen, Equal to the Apostles

Learn about the lives and feast day of the Holy Great Sovereigns Constantine and Helen, Equal to the Apostles, who are commemorated annually on May 21st.
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