Archive for April 2019

Easter and the New Day

Thank you to everyone who made Holy Week so holy and Easter so awesome! The choir, altar and flower guilds, servers, and volunteers who do everything from reading to childcare, thank you. To donors and stewards of the church, thank you. You embody what the Book of Revelation calls “the holy priesthood of God” that…

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Good Friday and the Cross as God’s Claim on the World

In the fifth chapter of The Brothers Karamazov, we are told that Ivan Fyodorovich has written a controversial article arguing against the separation of church and state. He is more claiming that the Orthodox Church fails when it forgets that it contains the world and believes that the world somehow contains the church.  This rather…

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Holy Week and Easter at Christ Church of the Ascension

During Holy Week our services take on the particular shape of the last week of Jesus’s life, moving from simple services of faithful observation to the last meal of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday’s crucifixion, Holy Saturday’s quiet waiting, and then on Saturday night, the new flame is lit and comes into the darkened church alone…

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Remembrance and Celebration this Weekend

Back in the fourth century the Roman Empire granted official status to the church, and this included some benefits that are important to us. The Bishop and clergy could vest themselves with signs of Roman aristocracy, the Bishops were provided a horse for travel and guard when necessary, and basilicas were given as gathering places…

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