The Sunday of Holy Pascha and all the succeeding days of Bright Week follow a unique order of services dramatically unlike the order used throughout the rest of the year. Many psalms and other regular fixtures of the services disappear; the tone of the Octoechos changes every day instead of every week—in effect, Bright Week is a week of Sundays, a week of Pascha.
On weekdays in Great Lent—from Sunday evening through Friday evening each week – the order of daily services (Vespers, Matins, and the Hours) changes from the normal order in several significant ways, ranging from what hymnography is sung, to which litanies are omitted, to when and how many times the Prayer of St. Ephraim is said. All these details are discussed here.
In this lesson, Fr. Herman discusses the Nativity season, beginning with the Nativity Fast, the two Sundays of the Forefathers before Christmas, the Christmas forefeast, the special services for Christmas Eve, and the feast itself. Then we look at how Theophany in most ways mirrors Nativity, noting a few differences. We also discuss how the order of services differs when Christmas or Theophany falls on either a Sunday or a Monday.
What are the Hours? When are they read, and what do they consist of? This video discusses such details and also presents an overview of the variable hymnography used at Divine Liturgy, including the troparia on the Beatitudes (i.e., the third antiphon), the troparia and kontakia after the Little Entrance, and the prokimenon, Epistle, alleluia, and Gospel. A few other practical details about Liturgy are also considered.
The rank of a particular commemoration on the liturgical calendar governs many details about how the services for that day will be celebrated. Which stichera (and how many) will be sung at Vespers, whether Matins will have a Gospel reading or the Great Doxology, and whether we sing weekday or Sunday Theotokia at these services are just a few of the details which the rank determines.
The guest of today’s program is Abdias Bijanov, an Orthodox Assyrian. His search for the meaning of life initially led him to the Nestorian Assyrian Church of the East, but eventually he found the Truth in Orthodoxy.
The film presented here, on the great feast of the Pentecost, was made by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), with Studio Neophyte, which produces films and programs for those who believe, and those who are seeking God, offering numerous videos on the feasts of the Church year, the saints, theology, and much more.
May 25, 2017, on the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrated the rite of the Great Consecration of the Church of the Resurrection of Christ and the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church in Sretensky Monastery and led the Divine Liturgy in the newly-consecrated church. Russian president Vladimir V. Putin was present at the Divine service.
At a time when people turn to videos for information, the documentary What is Orthodox Christianity? An Answer in Three Parts aims to employ the aesthetics and resources of the Orthodox Church in order to reinforce the content of the message. Rather than conventional movie-making techniques like interviewed subjects, the use of actors, or narrator, this documentary uses still images, readable text, and other aesthetic elements to explain He Who came as both Word (Logos) and Image (Icon).