Feast Day Ripidion

Beautiful ripidia are brought out for special feast days and placed across the back of the Holy Table.

Προηγοῦνται δὲ τούτου οἱ Χοροὶ τῶν Ἀγγέλων, μετὰ πάσης Ἀρχῆς καὶ ἐξουσίας, τὰ πολυόμματα Χερουβείμ, καὶ τὰ ἑξαπτέρυγα Σεραφείμ, τὰς ὄψεις καλύπτοντα, καὶ βοῶντα τὸν ὕμνον· Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα, Ἀλληλούϊα.

And there do precede him the […]

Streams of Light

During the week after Pascha, streams of sunlight shine on the Holy Table during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The cross behind the Holy Table is now empty, and adorned with a wreath of flowers.

Holy Pascha 2023

Νῦν πάντα πεπλήρωται φωτός, οὐρανός τε καὶ γῆ, καὶ τὰ καταχθόνια· ἑορταζέτω γοῦν πᾶσα κτίσις, τὴν Ἔγερσιν Χριστοῦ, ἐν ᾗ ἐστερέωται.

Now are all things filled with light, heaven and earth, and the nethermost regions of the earth. Let all creation, therefore, celebrate the arising of Christ, whereby it is established.

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Μὴ ἐποδύρου μου, μῆτερ, καθορῶσα ἐν τάφῳ ὃν ἐν γαστρὶ ἄνευ σπορᾶς συνέλαβες Υἱὸν· ἀναστήσομαι γὰρ καὶ δοξασθήσομαι καὶ ὑψώσω ἐν δόξῃ ἀπαύστως ὡς Θεὸς τοὺς ἐν πίστει καὶ πόθῳ σὲ μεγαλύνοντας.

Mourn not for me, O Mother, beholding in the tomb the Son whom thou didst conceive in thy womb without seed; for […]

Holy Week

Dark clouds and rain reflect the sombre hymns of Holy Week.

When the Lord was coming to His voluntary Passion, He said to His Apostles in the way: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be delivered up, as it is written concerning Him. Come, therefore, with […]

Translucent Blossoms

Opposite the sun, the blossoms on the twisted almond tree become translucent in the morning light.