Daily reflections during Great Lent
April 19 - The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ
Χριστος Ανεστη! Christ Is Risen!
On this HOLY and GREAT Sunday of Pascha we celebrate the life bearing Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We reflect on the Paschal Message of Archbishop Makarios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.
We are joined by Dr John Psarommatis, President of the Greek Orthodox Christian Society, to reflect on the Resurrection in 2020.
April 18 - Holy Saturday
On GREAT and HOLY 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.
On this day, GREAT SATURDAY our focus is on the Tomb of Christ. This is no ordinary grave of corruption, decay and defeat. It is life-giving, a source of power, victory and liberation.
On this day, GREAT SATURDAY is the day between Jesus' death and His resurrection. It is the day of watchful expectation, in which mourning is being transformed into joy.
We're joined by Father Nicholas Stavropoulos, CEO at St Basils and Professor Michael Anthony, Co-Founder and former President of the Greek Orthodox Christian Society.
April 17 - Holy Friday
On this day, Holy and Great Friday, we celebrate the awesome, holy, and saving Passion of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ—the spitting, the blows with the palm of the hand, the buffeting, the mockery, the reviling, the wearing of the purple robe, the reed, the sponge, the vinegar, the nailing, the lance, and above all, the Crucifixion and Death which He condescended to endure willingly for our sake's—and also the saving confession of the grateful thief upon the cross.
Today, we are joined by Dr Socrates Dokos who will reflect on the Crucifixion of Christ and Mrs Helene Abouyanni who will offer some thoughts on the Burial of Christ.
April 16 - Holy Thursday
On this Great and Holy Thursday, we hear the Twelve Passion Gospels.
We commemorate the institution of the Holy Eucharist – where Christ identified Himself with the bread and wine and said: “Take, eat; this is my Body. Drink of it all of you; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant”.
We are joined by Mrs Kathryn Stavropoulos who will reflect upon this and the Last Supper.
We also remember the agony of the events leading to the Passion and the prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
We commemorate the washing of the disciples’ feet, and in through that, the revelation of Christ’s profound humility and the manifestation of His perfect love.
We remember Judas’ betrayal of Christ with a kiss – the sign of friendship and love.
We are also joined by Mr Pandelis Toumbelekis who will share some thoughts on the Trial of Jesus Christ.
April 15 - Holy Wednesday
On Holy Wednesday, we commemorate the sinful woman who anointed the head of Jesus shortly before the passion.
The Repentance of the sinful woman is juxtaposed with the tragic fall of the disciple Judas – not so that we may recount the betrayal of Judas in self-righteousness – but so that we too can recognise that these words apply not to others, but to ourselves – for how many times have we betrayed our Saviour and Crucified Him in our hearts?
Mrs Helen Magdas joins us to reflect on the repentance of the sinful woman.
Today, the Sacrament of Holy Unction is offered for the healing of soul and body, and, forgiveness of sins. Fr Dimitri Kokkinos, Parish Priest of St Ioannis Greek Orthodox Church at Parramatta, Sydney, explains the Mystery of Holy Unction.
April 14 - Holy Tuesday
On this Holy and Great Tuesday, we remember two parables related to the Second Coming: the Parable of the Ten Virgins and The Parable of the Talents.
We are called, like the five wise virgins, to be watchful and alert, and to focus our attention upon the Lord. We will be joined by Mrs Panayiota Kranidiotis who will reflect on this and the rest of the Parable of the Ten Virgins.
Mr Andrew Psarommatis will also share his reflection on the beautiful and inspiring Hymn of Kassiani in this episode of Journey to Pascha.
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