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Orthodox Evening Prayers in Contemporary English
 
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These Orthodox Evening Prayers in Contemporary English are from the "Orthodox Prayerbook: A Collection of Prayers in the OCA Tradition", prepared and published by St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. The first edition of the prayer book edition is available online at http://www.ecuad.ca/sites/www.ecuad.ca/files/users/1754/work/50363/prayer-book-2010.pdf. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Trisagion Prayers Through the prayers of our holy brothers and sisters, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen. Glory to You, O God, glory to You! O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, everywhere present and filling all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life: come and abide in us and cleanse us from every impurity and save our souls, O Good One! Holy God, holy Mighty, holy Immortal, have mercy on us! Holy God, holy Mighty, holy Immortal, have mercy on us! Holy God, holy Mighty, holy Immortal, have mercy on us!
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Holy God (Trisagion) in English.
 
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This hymn is chanted immediately before the Prokeimenon and the Epistle reading in the Divine Liturgy. "Holy God, Holy Strong, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us." More commonly: "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us."
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O Gladsome Light (English, with words) - Valaam Monastery Choir
 
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O Gladsome Light, Hymn of Great and Holy Friday Vespers O Gladsome Light of the holy glory of the immortal, heavenly, holy, blessed Father, O Jesus Christ: Having come to the setting of the sun, having beheld the evening light, we praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: God. Meet it is for Thee at all times to be hymned with reverent voices, O Son of God, Giver of life. Wherefore, the world doth glorify Thee. Valaam Monastery Choir Album: Taste of the Fountain of Immortality
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Saint Silouan On Love
 
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St. Silouan the Athonite on love for enemies: "The soul cannot know peace unless she prays for her enemies. The soul that has learned from God’s grace to pray, feels love and compassion for every created thing — and in particular for mankind, for whom the Lord suffered on the Cross, and His soul was heavy for every one of us. The Lord taught me to love my enemies. Without the grace of God we cannot love our enemies. Only the Holy Spirit teaches love; and then even devils arouse our pity because they have fallen from good, and lost humility in God. I beseech you, put this to the test. When a man affronts you or brings dishonor on your head, or takes what is yours, or persecutes the Church, then pray to the Lord, saying: “O Lord, we are all Thy creatures. Have pity on Thy servants and turn their hearts to repentance,” and you will be aware of grace in your soul. To begin with, constrain your heart to love enemies, and the Lord, seeing your good will, will help you in all things, and experience itself will show you the way. But the man who thinks with malice of his enemies has not God’s love within him, and does not know God. If you will pray for your enemies, peace will come to you; but when you can love your enemies — know that a great measure of the grace of God dwells in you, though I do not say perfect grace as yet, but sufficient for salvation. Whereas if you revile your enemies, it means there is an evil spirit living in you and bringing evil thoughts into your heart, for, in the words of the Lord, out of the heart proceed evil thoughts — or good thoughts. The good man thinks to himself in this way: Everyone who has strayed from the truth brings destruction on himself and is therefore to be pitied. But, of course, the man who has not learned the love of the Holy Spirit will not pray for his enemies. The man who has learned love from the Holy Spirit sorrows all his life over those who are not made whole, and sheds abundant tears for the people, and the grace of God gives him strength to love his enemies. Understand me. It is so simple. People who do not know God, or who go against Him, are to be pitied; the heart sorrows for them and the eye weeps. Both paradise and torment are clearly visible to us: We know this through the Holy Spirit. And did not the Lord Himself say, “The kingdom of God is within you”? Thus eternal life has its beginning here in this life; and it is here also that we sow the seeds of eternal torment. Where there is pride there cannot be grace, and if we lose grace we also lose both love of God and assurance in prayer. The soul is then tormented by evil thoughts and does not understand that she must humble herself and love her enemies, for there is no other way to please God." - St. Silouan the Athonite (1866-1938)
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The Angel Cried - Paschal Hymn to the Theotokos
 
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Saint Barnabas Choir, Costa Mesa, California The Angel cried to the Lady full of grace: Rejoice, rejoice O pure Virgin! Again, I say rejoice! Your son is risen from his three days in the tomb. With himself he has raised all the dead. Rejoice, rejoice O ye people" Shine, Shine! Shine O new Jerusalem The Glory of the Lord has shown on you Exult now, exult and be glad O Sion. Be radiant, O Theotokos, in the Resurrection the Resurrection of your Son
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Cherubic Hymn -  Russian (English Subtitles)
 
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Let us who mystically represent the cherubim and sing the Thrice-holy Hymn to the life-creating Trinity, now lay aside all earthly cares. That we may receive the King of all who comes invisibly upborne by the angelic hosts. Alleluia.
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O Heavenly King (in English)
 
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One of the best-known prayers in the Orthodox Church is the prayer to the Holy Spirit, which begins most Divine Services: "O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, everywhere present and filling all things. Treasury of blessings and Giver-of-Life: come and abide in us, cleanse us of every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One."
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Behold the Bridegroom Cometh - Orthodox Chant in English
 
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Behold the Bridegroom Cometh. Choir of Valaam Monastery, Russia., in English Bridegroom Matins is a service specific to the first four evenings of Holy Week and commemorates the last days in the earthly life of the Lord. Christ the Bridegroom is the central figure in the parable of the ten Virgins (Matthew 25: 1-13). Christ is the divine Bridegroom of the Church as described in the Book of Isaiah (chapter 54), as well as the primary image of Bridegroom Matins. The title Christ the Bridegroom suggests His divine presence and watchfulness during Holy Week and His selfless love for His Bride, the Church.
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Before Thy Cross
 
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"Before Thy Cross" - chanted by the choir of Holy Theophany Orthodox Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify. Source: Orthodox Christian Chants Facebook page
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St John of Damascus On Holy Images
 
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St. John of Damascus (676 -749 AD) writes: "Of old, God the incorporeal and uncircumscribed was never depicted. Now, however, when God is seen clothed in flesh, and conversing with men, I make an image of the God whom I see. I do not worship matter, I worship the God of matter, who became matter for my sake, and deigned to inhabit matter, who worked out my salvation through matter. I will not cease from honouring that matter which works my salvation. I venerate it, though not as God. How could God be born out of lifeless things? And if God's body is God by union, it is immutable. The nature of God remains the same as before, the flesh created in time is quickened by, a logical and reasoning soul. I honour all matter besides, and venerate it. Through it, filled, as it were, with a divine power and grace, my salvation has come to me. Was not the thrice happy and thrice blessed wood of the Cross matter? Was not the sacred and holy mountain of Calvary matter? What of the life-giving rock, the Holy Sepulchre, the source of our resurrection: was it not matter? Is not the most holy book of the Gospels matter? Is not the blessed table matter which gives us the Bread of Life' Are not the gold and silver matter, out of which crosses and altar-plate and chalices are made? And before all these things, is not the body and blood of our Lord matter? Either do away with the veneration and worship due to all these things, or submit to the tradition of the Church in the veneration of images, honouring God and His friends, and following in this the grace of the Holy Spirit."
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Prayer of St John of Damascus and prayers to be said at bedtime
 
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Prayer of St. John of Damascus which is to be said pointing at your bed: O Lord Jesus Christ, Lover of mankind, is this bed to be my grave, or will you shine upon my wretched soul with the light of another day? Behold the grave lies before me and death confronts me: I fear Your judgment, O Lord, and the eternal torments, but still I do not cease from my evil ways, continually angering You, my Lord God, together with Your immaculate Mother, all the Heavenly Hosts, and my holy Guardian Angel. I know, O Lord, that I am unworthy of Your love for mankind and that I deserve every condemnation and torment; but I implore You, O Lord, save me according to the abundance of Your goodness; for it is no great deed if You grant salvation to the righteous, nor is it a miracle for You to have mercy on those who are pure,for they deserve Your lovingkindness. But work the wonder of Your mercy on me, a sinner, and thus reveal Your love for mankind, that my wickedness may not prevail over Your unspeakable goodness and mercy. Order my life as You will. Amen. And when about to lie down on your bed, make the Sign of the Cross over it and say: Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, let those who hate Him flee from before His Face. As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish; as wax melts before the fire, so let the demons perish before those who love God and sign themselves with the Sign of the Cross, saying with joy: Rejoice, most precious and life-creating Cross of the Lord; you cast out demons by the might of Him who was crucified on you, our Lord Jesus Christ, who descended into hell and trampled on the power of the devil and gave you, His honourable Cross, to us, to banish all our enemies. Help me, O glorious and life-creating Cross of the Lord, together with the holy Lady Theotokos and all the saints, unto all ages. Amen. As you give yourself up to sleep, say: Into Your hands, O Lord Jesus Christ my God, I commend my spirit: bless me, have mercy on me and grant me eternal life. Amen.
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Transfiguration Mt Tabor
 
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Three Orthodox miracles occur every year by God's grace to the Patriarch of Jerusalem. The one in this video takes place annually at Mt Tabor on the Feast of the Transfiguration. The first miracle, The Holy Fire (Holy Light) occurs every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday, or Holy Saturday, the eve of Pascha. After the Patriarch enters the tomb of Christ, a light appears. It is a light that does not burn. At a certain point it rises and forms a column of fire and the Patriarch lights his candles from it, passing the flame first to the Armenian and Coptic Patriarchs and then to all people in the Church. The second miracle occurs at Theophany (Epiphany) each year, when the Patriarch of Jerusalem throws his cross in the Jordan River and as soon as the cross lands on the water, the river starts to flow upstream. The third miracle occurs on the Feast of the Transfiguration (Aug. 19 on the Julian calendar) at Mt Tabor, where our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ appeared in His divine glory, conversing with the prophets Moses and Elijah and witnessed by the Apostles Peter, James, and John (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36). After the all night vigil, at about 4:00 AM, a miraculous cloud covers the mountain. "When, O Christ our God, Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, Thou didst reveal Thy glory to Thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O God Thou Bestower of light, glory to Thee."
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Psalm 90/91
 
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He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a] And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” In the tradition of the Orthodox Church, Psalm 90 is read at the Sixth Hour of each day, along with 53 and 54. It is also read in Great Compline and in the funeral service.
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Triumph of Orthodoxy - Sunday of Orthodoxy (Monastic Choir of the Valaam Monastery)
 
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The Triumph of Orthodoxy Upon the death of the last Iconoclast emperor, Theophilos, his young son Michael III, with his mother the regent Theodora, and Patriarch Methodios, summoned the Synod of Constantinople in 842 to bring peace to the Church. The council affirmed the legitimacy of the Second Council of Nicea, which had in 787 declared iconoclasm a heresy, and reaffirmed the veneration of holy icons. “We define that the holy icons, whether in colour, mosaic, or some other material, should be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on the sacred vessels and liturgical vestments, on the walls, furnishings, and in houses and along the roads, namely the icons of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, that of our Lady the Theotokos, those of the venerable angels and those of all saintly people. Whenever these representations are contemplated, they will cause those who look at them to commemorate and love their prototype. We define also that they should be kissed and that they are an object of veneration and honour, but not of real worship, which is reserved for Him Who is the subject of our faith and is proper for the divine nature. The veneration accorded to an icon is in effect transmitted to the prototype; he who venerates the icon, venerated in it the reality for which it stands”. The "Triumph of Orthodoxy" icon commemorates the council which finally brought an end to iconoclasm. The icon is the festal icon for the first Sunday of Great Lent, known as the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Music from the CD, "The Triumph of Orthodoxy," Monastic Choir of the Valaam Monastery. Please visit the choir's website: http://valaam.ru/en/music/ "Fair use" Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976
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Luke 12:16-21 "Fool! This night your soul..." (Part 1/2) Father Lawrence Farley
 
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23rd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Forefeast of the Entry Into the Temple of the Most-holy Theotokos. Luke 12:16-21 "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you..." Sermon by Fr Lawrence Farley, St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Nov. 20, 2011. (Part 1/2)
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God's Visitation to the Patriarch Abraham (Genesis 18): Fr. Lawrence Farley
 
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Sermon by Fr. Lawrence Farley, St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Langley, BC, Canada. Date: April 1, 2012, Last Sunday of Great Lent. Commemoration: Venerable Mary of Egypt. Gospel Reading, St. Mark 10:32-45.
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Proving neighbour to those around us. Luke 10:25-37 (Part 1/2) Fr. Lawrence Farley
 
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Gospel Reading Luke 10:25-37. Fr Lawrence Farley, St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Nov. 13, 2011. (Part 1 of 2)
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Psalm 29 (28 Septuagint) NKJV
 
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Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars, Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!” The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, And the Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. This Psalm is a prophecy concerning the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River and reveals God the Father as the voice speaking at Jesus' baptism (verses 3-5 and 7-9). This event is celebrated in in the services of Theophany (Ephipany), in which Verse 3 is used. Verses 1 and 11 are used in Prokeimenon For the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent (Greek use). This psalm is included in the Kathisma 4 grouping of psalms to be read on Monday (Monday and Wednesday during Lent).
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The Divine Liturgy, sermon by Father Lawrence Farley (1/2)
 
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Building discipline and perseverance into our souls: "When death hits you, does it find you a disciple?" "It doesn't matter whether or not you become a disciple of Jesus Christ. What matters is that you stay a disciple of Jesus Christ." This is the conclusion of a 2011 sermon series (delivered August 29, 2011) on the Divine Liturgy, delivered by Fr. Lawrence Farley of St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Langley, British Columbia, Canada.
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St Isaac of Syria on "persistent discipline"
 
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A small but always persistent discipline is a great force-- for a soft drop falling persistently, hollows out hard rock. + St Isaac of Syria (Nineveh) From Holy Scripture "... we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance." Romans 5:3 "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12
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Cappella Romana, A Byzantine Christmas
 
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"Secretly you were born in a cave, but heaven proclaimed you to all, using the star as its mouth, O Saviour. It brought you Magi, who worshipped you in faith. Have mercy on them and on us." This beautiful chant is included on the"Sun of Justice," the debut CD of the world-renowned vocal ensemble Cappella Romana. The CD features Byzantine Chants in Greek, Arabic, and English.
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Luke 12:16-21 "Fool! This night your soul..." (Part 2/2) Father Lawrence Farley
 
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23rd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Forefeast of the Entry Into the Temple of the Most-holy Theotokos. Luke 12:16-21 "Fool! This night your soul will be required of you..." Sermon by Fr Lawrence Farley, St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Nov. 20, 2011. (Part 2/2)
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The Divine Liturgy, sermon by Father Lawrence Farley (2/2)
 
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The Liturgy: "Come early and go the distance."
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Proving neighbour to those around us. Luke 10:25-37 (Part 2/2) Fr. Lawrence Farley
 
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Gospel Reading Luke 10:25-37. Fr Lawrence Farley, St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Nov. 13, 2011. (Part 2 of 2)
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Pascha at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Langley BC, Canada  (2015)
 
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Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! Paschal Greetings from around the World Aleut: Khristus anahgrecum! Alhecum anahgrecum! Aleut: Khris-tusax agla-gikux! Agangu-lakan agla-gikux! Albanian: Krishti U Ngjall! Vertet U Ngjall! Alutuq: Khris-tusaq ung-uixtuq! Pijii-nuq ung-uixtuq! Amharic: Kristos tenestwal! Bergit tenestwal! Anglo-Saxon: Crist aras! Crist sodhlice aras! Arabic: El Messieh kahm! Hakken kahm! Armenian: Kristos haryav ee merelotz! Orhnial eh harootyunuh kristosee! Athabascan: Xristosi banuytashtch'ey! Gheli banuytashtch'ey! Bulgarian: Hristos voskrese! Vo istina voskrese! Byelorussian: Khrystos uvaskros! Saprawdy uvaskros! Chinese: Helisituosi fuhuole! Queshi fuhuole! Coptic: Pchristos aftooun! Alethos aftooun! Czech: Kristus vstal a mrtvych! Opravdi vstoupil! Danish: Kristus er opstanden! Ja, sandelig opstanden! Dutch: Christus is opgestaan! Ja, hij is waarlijk opgestaan! English: Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen! Eritrean-Tigre: Christos tensiou! Bahake tensiou! Esperanto: Kristo levigis! Vere levigis! Estonian: Kristus on oolestoosunt! Toayestee on oolestoosunt! Ethiopian: Christos t'ensah em' muhtan! Exai' ab-her eokala! Finnish: Kristus nousi kuolleista! Totistesti nousi! French: Le Christ est ressuscite! En verite il est ressuscite! Gaelic: Taw creest ereen! Taw shay ereen guhdyne! Georgian: Kriste ahzdkhah! Chezdmaridet! German: Christus ist erstanden! Wahrlich ist er erstanden! Greek: Christos anesti! Alithos anesti! Hawaiian: Ua ala hou 'o Kristo! Ua ala 'I 'o no 'oia! Hebrew: Ha Masheeha houh quam! Be emet quam! Hungarian: Krisztus feltamadt! Valoban feltamadt! Ibo (Nigeria): Jesu Kristi ebiliwo! Ezia o' biliwo! Indian (Malayalam): Christu uyirthezhunnettu! Theerchayayum uyirthezhunnettu! Indonesian: Kristus telah bangkit! Benar dia telah bangkit! Italian: Cristo e' risorto! Veramente e' risorto! Japanese: Christos fukkatsu! Jitsu ni fukkatsu! Javanese: Kristus sampun wungu! Tuhu sampun wungu! Korean: Kristo gesso! Buhar ha sho nay! Latin: Christus resurrexit! Vere resurrexit! Latvian: Kristus ir augsham sales! Teyasham ir augsham sales vinsch! Lugandan: Kristo ajukkide! Amajim ajukkide! Norwegian: Christus er oppstanden! Sandelig han er oppstanden! Polish: Khristus zmartwyckwstal! Zaprawde zmartwyckwstal! Portugese: Cristo ressuscitou! Em verdade ressuscitou! Romanian: Hristos a inviat! Adeverat a inviat! Russian: Khristos voskrese! Voistinu voskrese! Sanskrit: Kristo'pastitaha! Satvam upastitaha! Serbian: Cristos vaskres! Vaistinu vaskres! Slovak: Kristus vstal zmr'tvych! Skutoc ne vstal! Spanish: Cristo ha resucitado! En verdad ha resucitado! Swahili: Kristo amefufukka! Kweli amefufukka! Swedish: Christus ar upstanden! Han ar verkligen upstanden! Syriac: M'shee ho dkom! Ha koo qam! Tlingit: Xristos Kuxwoo-digoot! Xegaa-kux Kuxwoo-digoot! Turkish: Hristos diril - di! Hakikaten diril - di! Ugandan: Kristo ajukkide! Kweli ajukkide! Ukrainian: Khristos voskres! Voistinu voskres! Welsh: Atgyfododd Crist! Atgyfododd yn wir! Yupik: Xris-tusaq Ung-uixtuq! Iluumun Ung-uixtuq! Zulu: Ukristu uvukile! Uvukile kuphela!
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Pre-communion Psalms in the Orthodox Church - Psalms 23 (22), 24 (23), and 116 (115)
 
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Three Psalms said in preparation for Holy Communion: Psalm 23 (22 Septuagint) The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a Table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; most excellent is Your Cup which brings me joy! Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever! Psalm 24 (23 Septuagint) The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of Glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of Glory may come. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory! Psalm 116 (115 Septuagint) I kept my faith, even when I said “I am greatly afflicted”; I said in my consternation, “Every man is a liar.” What shall I render to the Lord for all His bounty to me? I will lift up the Cup of Salvation and call on the Name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. O Lord, I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid. You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to You the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving and call on the Name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
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Psalm 142/143
 
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Psalm 142 (Septuagint) 143 (Hebrew numbering) Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my supplications! In your faithfulness answer me, in Your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with Your servant, for no man living is righteous before You. For the enemy has pursued me; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me, my heart within me is appalled. I remember the days of old, I meditate on all that You have done; I muse on what Your hands have wrought. I stretch out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a parched land. Make haste to answer me, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the Pit. Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies! I have fled to You for refuge! Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God! Let Your good Spirit lead me on a level path! For Your Name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life! In Your righteousness bring me out of trouble! And in Your steadfast love cut off my enemies and destroy all my adversaries, for I am Your servant. This Psalm is the last of the Six Psalms of Orthros. The other five are 3; 37; 62; 87; 102. Verse10b is used in the Church at the Feast of Pentecost. This psalm is also part of Kathisma 19, the grouping of psalms to be read each Friday (Wednesday and Friday during Lent). Since33.org
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Iveron Hawaiian miracle working icon visits Vancouver, Canada
 
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The Iveron Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming icon visited Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in September, 2011. The traditional name for this icon is "Portaitissa." In more recent times the original Icon has come to be known as the "Iveron" Mother of God, in connection with the name of the monastery, by the American and Russian communities. The copy that visited Vancouver began streaming Myrrh at the Russian Orthodox Church in Hawaii. There are several feast days in the Orthodox Church that the miracles associated with the icons.
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Pascha 2017: The Holy Fire Arrives in New York from Jerusalem
 
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The Holy Fire is brought from the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to America on Pascha Sunday. After the Holy Fire's arrival, it was delivered to the Church of the Mother of God “Inexhaustible Cup” for Agape Vespers. Full Video: http://bit.ly/2nTrrQZ
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Cherubic Hymn
 
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Cherubic Hymn (in English). This hymn is the troparion normally sung at the Great Entrance during the Byzantine liturgy.
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11-07_2011_2.wmv
 
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(Part 2 of 2) Gospel Reading Luke Luke 8:41-56 Fr Lawrence Farley, St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Nov. 6, 2011.
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11_06_2011_1.wmv
 
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(Part 1 of 2) Gospel Reading Luke Luke 8:41-56 Fr Lawrence Farley, St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Nov. 6, 2011.
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Feast of Theophany (Epiphany) Around the World
 
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Theophany, also called Epiphany, is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). God the Father spoke from Heaven about the Son, the Son was baptized by the St. John the Forerunner, and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son in the form of a dove
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Discerning the Presence of the Messiah (Part 1/2)
 
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Discerning the Presence of the Messiah (Part 1 of 2) Gospel Reading Luke 8:26-39 Fr Lawrence Farley, St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Oct.30, 2011.
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Taxi Blessing Serbia
 
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Prayer for the Blessing of Automobiles O Lord our God, Who makes the clouds Thy chariot and Who walks on the wings of the wind, Who has sent to Thy servant, the Prophet Elias, a chariot of fire, Who has guided man to invent this (car, truck, motorcycle, etc.) which is as fast as the wind. We thank Thee for Thou hast provided Thy servants with this vehicle to serve their various needs. Therefore, O Master, pour out now upon it Thy heavenly blessings; assign to it a guardian angel to preserve it from all evil. And as Thou didst grant faith and grace by Thy deacon Philip to the man from Ethiopia who was sitting in his chariot and reading holy Scripture, show the way of salvation to Thy servants. So that helped by Thy grace and always intent on doing good works, they may after all the trials of their pilgrimage on earth, attain to everlasting joys, through the intercessions of our Most-pure Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, by the power of the precious and life-giving Cross; through the prayers of the holy Angels; of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and of all the Saints: For Thou art the Provider and Sanctifier of all things and to Thee do we ascribe glory, and to Thy Only-begotten Son, and Thy All-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
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The Church is the presence of God's holiness in the World: Fr. Lawrence Farley
 
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Nov. 27, 2011 - 24th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST.
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Discerning the Presence of the Messiah (Part 2 of 2) Gospel Reading Luke 8:26-39
 
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Discerning the Presence of the Messiah (Part 2 of 2) Gospel Reading Luke 8:26-39 Fr Lawrence Farley, St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Oct.30, 2011.
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Sunday after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (2/2) Father Lawrence Farley
 
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Sunday after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross Gospel Reading Matt 22 1 14 Fr Lawrence Farley
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