Feasts and Fasts of the Orthodox Church
The Holy Orthodox Church of Christ is living and vital. The breath of the Holy Spirit blows through the Church, through her faithful children, the Divine Services, her daily morning and evening prayers, her iconography, through every facet of her worship and praxis. Just as the cycle of daily life sees us through the days, weeks, months and years, so the Church leads us through the liturgical seasons with an edifying cycle of fasts and feasts to help us grow into the fullness of faith in Christ Jesus.
And that Faith is living and active—we do not merely celebrate or commemorate the feasts of Christ, His Most Pure Mother, the Apostles and the Saints. Rather, we mystically enter into the timeless, eternal Day of the Lord in which all these saving events are continually present...
We hope with this section to provide festal resources for the right-believing Orthodox faithful, and for sincere seekers and catechumens, to grow in our most holy faith by ever more deeply immersing ourselves in the Life of Christ and His Church.
May it be blessed!
All Saints of North America
ALL SAINTS of NORTH AMERICA - This popular section features writings by and about saints and righteous ones who have shown forth in North America. Now with a Special Page on St John Maximovitch, a portion of whose relics have been gifted to the parish. Also, added in early August 2010 is aspecial page commemorating the 40th anniversary of the glorification of our beloved Saint Herman of Alaska, which pulls together in one place dozens of videos, audio, books, icons, articles and a great deal more. We hope to add more updates on those who have shown forth in North America...
Great Saints of the Church
Online publishing now provides an ever-expanding flow of resources for us Orthodox Christians, including writings by and about the Great Saints of the Church. On our Media and Links page, we have a section highlighting some of the finest Orthodox blogs on the internet. Other essential resources include the Online Prologue of Ochrid, and the Lives of the Saints section on the OCA website, where one can read about the saints of each day.
In this new section on the Great Saints, we wish to point to exceptional articles that truly stand out, and provide insights and encouragement for us in our own struggles. As with so many features on our website, we will post updates on our home page as this section grows.
May It Be Blessed!
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Articles on Fasts and Feasts in the Orthodox Church
Webservant's Note: For some especially encouraging — and challenging! — articles on the importance and spiritual meaning of fasting, see also the many resources on our special page for The Apostles' Fast.
Over the past few years we have created two significant online resources for those seeking to enter into the 'bright sadness' of Great Lent in order to stir themselves to renewed zeal and love for Christ our True God. For 2010, we have added several new articles and features to each, and checked all our links, so as to present as helpful a set of resources as possible:
- Great Lent: This special section of our main website was the first of our 'Feasts and Fasts' pages, and features numerous articles free for download, links to significant Lenten texts at Monachos.net and St Gregory Palamas Monastery, and much more.
- Great Lent ~ Resources for the Journey: Realizing the above Great Lent page was limited both in the amount of content it could conveniently host as well as the graphic appearance of that content, we launched in 2008 an all new site featuring articles, suggested book titles, recordings, cookbooks, icons, Orthodox online stores, and monastic communities. This special site has been added to each year since then with many more resources, including video and audio.