At the last supper our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ kneeled down and
washed the dirty feet of each of his disciples. Imagine what your feet would look like if you traveled all over the desert of the Holy Land in
nothing but sandals. Yet Christ washed them.
The Niptir or the washing of the feet is a symbol of humble service,
given the extreme indignity involved in washing feet in the ancient world, a task usually reserved for the lowest slave of the house. Indeed,
Jesus’ own explicit words seem to present it as such: “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one
another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you” (Jn. 13:14-15).
In some Orthodox churches you may have the privilege to see the
service of the washing of the feet. The service is done by a Hierarch or monastery Abbot, as they represent Christ and serve as our guide and
shepherd to each of our parishes, and ultimately, each one of us. Watch Now.
The joy of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is a
marvelous wonder. Because it is a Spring Feast (dated with the Spring equinox, as light overtakes darkness on the Earth, Easter is associated with
new life, green grass, fresh flowers, warm days—the end, the death one could say, of winter. In mind—and soon in photos, Snapchats, and Facebook
posts—is the innocence of little children dressed in their Easter dresses and tiny seersucker outfits hunting eggs. We recall that first Easter
egg, when St. Mary Magdalene, on of the Myrrh-bearing women who were first to bear witness to Jesus’ Resurrection. She had brought an egg to the
Emperor to proclaim the Resurrection. And his reply, according to the tradition, was that a man could no more rise from the dead than her egg could
turn red. It promptly did. Read More.
We shall try here to point out the main features of the Orthodox icon
which is entitled “The Descent into Hell”. The first thing to note is that it is entirely different from the Western-style depiction, which shows
Christ emerging triumphantly from the tomb, holding a little flag. The astonished guards have fallen to the ground.
The Western-style icon presents a scene that no-one ever saw. The moment
of the Resurrection is a concealed secret. The Orthodox approach is entirely different. It depicts the results of the event of the Resurrection for
people and for the world. Read More.
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