320.1 Great and Holy Thursday Morning: Vesperal Divine Liturgy for Great and Holy Friday

For those of you who subscribe and receive Posts directly into your email, I note that Post 320 does not open! (I told you that things tend to go wrong during Holy Week! Demons.) Post 320.1 is the same as Post 320, so don’t read it twice. Unless you want to, of course.  _________________________________________________________________________ Why […]

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320. Great and Holy Thursday Morning: Vesperal Divine Liturgy for Great and Holy Friday

Why do we celebrate Divine Liturgy this morning? Why am I getting into this complexity during Holy Week (as if we don’t already have enough to think about)? In order to demonstrate how we Orthodox view the Crucifixion of Christ. If you get lost (or think I’ve got lost!) in the middle of this explanation, […]

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319. Holy Wednesday Night Matins for Holy Thursday and Holy Unction

Note that we’re still on our Holy Week “topsy-turvy” schedule, always “anticipating” the next appointed service. As I said, despite my not understanding this, somehow it feels just right for this Week when the whole world gets turned upside down. Holy Gospel: Luke 22:1-39 Jesus and the disciples are in the upper room at the […]

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318. Holy Wednesday Morning Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

In case you’ve tuned in late to this series: These posts are “repeats” (with a little reworking each year) of my Holy Week posts of the past five years – which are based on talks I gave for about 25 years at Holy Week services when I was pastor of Saint Nicholas Church, Cedarburg, Wisconsin. […]

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317. Holy Tuesday night: Bridegroom Matins of Holy Wednesday

Before we get into the Gospel story… Tonight at the end of the Aposticha we hear the Hymn of Kassiane, a Ninth Century nun and hymnographer. She was one of several young women interviewed by Emperor Theophilos as a prospective bride. The story says he was so flummoxed by Kassiane’s beauty that he said something […]

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