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Blessed in my eyes is the man who,
changed through the practice of the virtues,
transcends the encompassing
walls of the passion-embroiled state
and rises on the wings of dispassion -
wings silver-toned with divine knowledge -
to the spiritual sphere in which he
contemplates the essences of created
things, and who from there
enters the divine darkness of theology
where in the life
of blessedness
he ceases from outward labours and
reposes in God.
For he has become a terrestrial angel and a celestial
man; he has glorified in himself, and God will glorify him.
The Philokalia, 121

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A Christian Orthodox hymn,
a mourning song of the mother
for the loss of her sweetest child.
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Mourning and Repentance

The tone of Great Week is clearly one of somberness and sorrowfulness. Even the altar cloths and priestly vestments, according to an old tradition, are black. However, the liturgical assembly is not gathered to mourn a dead hero, but to remember and commemorate an event of cosmic significance: the Son of God experiencing in His humanity every form of suffering at the hands of feeble, misdirected and evil men. We mourn our sinfulness as we stand in contrite silence before the awesome, inscrutable mystery of Christ, the God-man (Theanthropos), who carries His kenosis to the extreme limits accepting the death of the 'Cross (Phil 2.5-8).


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The Feast of the Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

On the Sunday before the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha and at the beginning of Holy Week, the Orthodox Church celebrates one of its most joyous feasts of the year. Palm Sunday is the commemoration of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem following His glorious miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. Having anticipated His arrival and having heard of the miracle, the people when out to meet the Lord and welcomed Him with displays of honor and shouts of praise. On this day, we receive and worship Christ in this same manner, acknowledging Him as our King and Lord.

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