Pascha Encyclical of Archbishop Nicolae

PASTORAL LETTER ON THE FEAST OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION 2014 † NICOLAE by the mercies of God Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas To our Beloved Clergy and Orthodox Christians peace and holy joy from Christ the Risen Lord, and from us hierarchical blessings. I await the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come (The Creed).   Most Reverend Fathers, Beloved Faithful, Christ is risen! For 2000 years we have greeted one another on this holy mo … [Read More...]

Sunday Links Roundup

Here are links to a few things I have been reading this past week. Boston 1775 ~ The “No King But Jesus” Myth The Junto ~ Yes, Virginia, there was an American Enlightenment The New York Time Opinionator ~ Passover in the Confederacy Sons of the American Revolution ~ Dedham man to get belated recognition for service in the Revolution Glory to God for all Things ~ Judas Loves Money Emerging Civil War ~ ECW Weekender: The Civil War Horse Memorial Boston 1775 ~ William Dawes Tell … [Read More...]


The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

If any man be devout and loveth God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast! If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have laboured long in fasting, let him how receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; Because he shall in nowise be … [Read More...]

Top Posts of the Past Week

Here is a list of the most read posts this past week at Shepherd of Souls Heartland ~ A Review 10 Tips for Holy Week and Pascha Sermon ~ Take up Your Cross Southbridge in the Civil War 1861 Holy Monday ~ Bridegroom Matins Great and Holy Friday ~ The Royal Hours Great and Holy Wednesday ~ The Hymn of Kassiani Great and Holy Friday ~ Taking Down from the Cross Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) Great and Holy Friday ~ Lamentations at the Tomb … [Read More...]

Great & Holy Saturday

On Saturday, the high priests and Pharisees gathered together before Pilate and asked him to have Jesus' tomb sealed until the third day; because, as those enemies of God said, "We suspect that His disciples will come and steal His buried body by night, and then proclaim to the people that His resurrection is true, as that deceiver Himself foretold while He was yet alive; and then the last deception shall be worse than the first." After they had said these things to Pilate and received his … [Read More...]

Great and Holy Friday ~ The Lamentations at the Tomb

A decorated "Tomb" for Holy and Great Friday On Friday night, the Matins of Holy and Great Saturday, a unique service known as the The Lamentation at the Tomb (Epitáphios Thrēnos) is celebrated. This service is also sometimes called Jerusalem Matins. Much of the service takes place around the tomb of Christ in the center of the nave. A unique feature of the service is the chanting of the Lamentations or Praises (Enkōmia), which consist of verses chanted by the clergy interspersed between t … [Read More...]

Great and Holy Friday ~ The Royal Hours

In addition to the Vespers and the Orthros, the daily cycle of worship contains the Apodeipnon (Compline), the Midnight Service (Mesoniktikon) and the Service of the Hours. These latter services have their roots in the devotional practices of the early Christians, and especially in the communal worship of the monastic communities. Each of the four Hours bears a numerical name, derived from one of the major daylight hours or intervals of the day as they were known in antiquity: the First - … [Read More...]

Great and Holy Thursday

On the evening of this day, which was the eve of the feast of unleavened bread (that is, the Passover), our Redeemer supped with His twelve disciples in the city. He blessed the bread and the wine, and gave us the Mystery of the Divine Eucharist. He washed the feet of the disciples as an example of humility. He said openly that one of them was about to betray Him, and He pointed out the betrayer by revealing that it was he "that dippeth his hand with Me in the dish." And after Judas had … [Read More...]