Pascha (Easter)

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What is "Pascha" to Orthodox Catholic Christians, is "Easter" to the Western Part of the Church and became "Easter" for most of the Western Civilization (both Orthodox and otherwise).

Lenten Season begins 50 days prior to the celebration of Jesus Christ's Resurrection which, for Orthodox, is called "Resurrection Day".  Most People say "Happy Easter".  For Orthodox Catholic Christians it usually is "Happy Resurrection Day" although because of the lack of understanding by many in the western part of the world, "Happy Easter" has become the acceptable norm.

We shall begin with a series of articles and information relating to "Resurrection Day" celebrations concerning the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ and hope you will respond to them with your thoughts (pro or con), ask questions or provide your own thinking on them.  One of the ways in which this can be accomplished is for you to click on the E-mail icon and place in the subject line "Pascha" for the Q & A or for other thoughts. 

We present the following words and their definitions so as to provide you with an understanding of the flavor of our spiritual and material struggle for the faith given by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

What follows afterward, are a variety of Lenten and Pascha (Easter) links and information.

  • Lent. (Gr. Sarakosti) The fifty-days fast preceding Easter for the spiritual preparation of the faithful to observe the feast of the Resurrection. Besides Lent, the Orthodox Church has assigned a number of other fasting periods.  Check with your local Orthodox Catholic Christian Church (Russian, Greek, Syro-Chaldean, Syriac Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, American Orthodox for the book on abstinence observances).

    Easter. (Gr. Pascha or Lambri). The feast day of the resurrection of Christ, known also as "the Feast of Feasts." It is the greatest Orthodox festival, celebrated the Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring equinox. It is a movable feast and the dates of the other movable feasts of the Orthodox Church are calculated from it.

    Last Supper (Gr. Mystikos Deipnos; Sl. Taynya Vercherya). The Last meal of Christ with His disciples in the 'Upper Room' before his arrest. With this supper he instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

    Leavened Bread. (Gr. artos). Bread made with yeast (enzymes); and used far altar bread for the Orthodox Eucharist (as opposed to the unleavened bread used by the Latin Church). Leavened bread is also acceptable for the purpose in the more liberal Protestant churches.

  • Learn more about words and terms by clicking on: A Dictionary of Orthodox Catholic Words & Terms

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    The following are representative of the more difficult sayings of Jesus Christ.  This is an examination of some of those sayings as a means to provide you, the viewer, simplicity of coming to grips with those sayings in a way whereby the Pascha season can aide you in your reflections concerning your faith and self examination.  In light of what follows may we suggest that you read what our spiritual father, Metropolitan Archbishop +Joseph Thaddeus' Lenten letter has to say and then continue with reading the following:

     


     

    An Introduction to the WOTI Courses/Gospels/Administration and more...

     


    Understanding Today's Orthodoxy In Light of the Syncrestic Ecumenism going on world wide... (2010):

     

    Why are we presenting these writings?  We received on August14, 2011 an article from a very Protestant group which calls itself "Free Press". We have been fully aware of it's Protestant make up, but some of the articles they had been presenting over time, were, it is felt, needed to be viewed by our visitors as regards happenings both religious and non-religious.  However. when we viewed the article's video by a Protestant author, we felt enough was enough and posted this which needs to be viewed before continuing with the remainder of the listed links below...  Pastor Has No Clothes ? ? ? Really?  Is this more of the turning away from the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ with the prophesied false Christianity?  A heavy response - Maybe ! After our publishing of the item, we received something that made all of us here to stop and think... and the following is what we believe needs to be read with open eyes and open ears, both spiritually and materially. 

     

    With the above being said, may we additionally add:

     

    "Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

    - Blessed St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

     

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    Summary of Ancient Beliefs

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    About Peter the Apostle

     

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    Concerning Father Lazarus' Messages Linked as follows:

     

    September 15, 2011

     

    September 18, 2011

     

    September 21, 2011

    September 29, 2011

     

     

     

     

    Why We Won't be a part of some of the Mainline Orthodox Jurisdictions of the East!

     

    A Dictionary of Orthodox Catholic Words & Terms

     

    From the Wreck We Rise To Take possession of our own souls!

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    Concerning Prophecies:

     

    Prophecies of Abba Pambo...

     

    On the Second Coming of Our Lord

    The PROPHECIES of Starets Lavrentii

    PROPHECIES by St. Kosmas Aitolos (Concerning wars in Greece / Balkans)

     

    END TIME INSTRUCTIONS by St. Ambrosy of Optina (+1891)

    Concerning the Antichrist

    The PROPHECIES of the Righteous Dimitri Tarabicz

    A Prophesy of Future Lawlessness by St. Anatoly the Younger (+1922)  

     

    PROPHECIES by St. Nilus the Myrrhstreamer of Mount Athos (1651)

    Concerning Prayer, Human Will & the Holy Trinity!

    A thought on Happiness in this life!

    On Despondency and Despair!

    On Condemning Our Neighbor!

     

    Are You Prepared for the Horrors of the many tomorrows to come?

     

    On Giving to the poor... Almsgiving, you and family!

    WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A MIRACLE

    Notes on Veneration of Righteous Ones:

     

    One of the most difficult things fpr a true Christian is understanding the hard sayings of Jesus Christ.  The following gives thought for possibly one way of understanding:

      The Sin Against The Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit)

      Pearls Before Swine

        If You Do Not Forgive Your Brother

      Lead Us Not Into Temptation

      The Institution of Lent

      Love Your Enemies

      Turning The Other Cheek

      Plucking Out the Right Eye

       Who Is Greater Than John the Baptist?

      Hating One's Parents

      Violence and the Kingdom

      Eating the Flesh and Drinking the Blood of the Son of Man

      The Son of Man Forgiving Sins

       Not the Righteous But Sinners

      The Seven Words of Jesus Christ On the Cross

    Second Coming of Jesus Christ

    The Orthodox Way of understanding Pascha in a brief format:

     

     

    Sign of the Cross Is Prayer ???

    Mystagogy of the Holy Spirit

    The Life of Jesus Christ Our Savior

    The Last Events of Christ

    Historical Acts of Jesus Christ that Changed the World!

    Lenten 2007 Message

    Who are the Modern Day Pharisees and Sadducees who abuse the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ?

    NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FORMATION OF The Religion of the Future

    Faith and Good Works

    A word for the People of God

    The Way of Spiritual Transformation

    The Miracles of Jesus Christ

    Overcoming Social Ills affecting Clergy and Faithful Today

     Christian Love … Where today is it?

      A Monastic Struggler's Story for Lent

     He Is Risen Indeed

    The Joyful Sorrow of Pascha

    Other Information of Importance

    About The Jesus Prayer By: Father Harvey Beagle

    Introduction to the Jesus Prayer By H.R.H. Princess Ileana of Romania

    Is the Holy Bible Important or not?

    Moses &  the Red Sea - Science & Fact?

    Dogmatic Tradition of the Orthodox Church

      Conversation between Abba Macarios and an Angel of the Lord  

    Contemporary signs of the End Times

    5 Phases of an Adolescent's Slide into Satanism

    St. Mark of Ephesus and the False Union of Florence - Part III of His Life

    LACK OF FAITH VS. GOD'S PROVIDENCE

      Proof of Biblical Story - Parting of the Red Sea True

    Brief History of ROCOR's Anathema of 1983 against ecumenism

    Ten Questions about St. Thomas Sunday

    Begin with Yourself - Then the World!

    Love and its Misuse and Misinterpretation

    The Sins and Virtues of Sex and Youth!

    Premarital Life and its Trials

    On the Dogma of Redemption

    Parenthood — It's Nature and Destiny

    Saint Seraphim of Viritsa's Spiritual Testament - "This Was From Me"

    Can Blasphemy be Forgiven - A Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church's understanding

    The Knowledge of Christ on Judgment Day

    What Day Did Christ Die?

    Blessing of Water and Icons

    True Christian or Not?

    About Apostolic Succession in general

    St. Alexander of Svir

    St. Basil

    Valeriu Gafencu: "Saint of Prisons & Prisoners"

    Where Do You Fit in with Asceticism?

    Is Life Worth Living?

    Bible Readings for 2010 (".Pdf" format)

    Pascha 2010 - A reminder For Great or Good Friday

      A Learning Process (r)

    TRIADS (THREES) OF PAUL THE APOSTLE

    A Prayer Today

      Didache: The Lord's Teaching to the nations through the Holy Twelve Apostles and their successors...

        On Avoiding Vain Hope and Conceit

           

    Striving to Live a Christ-centered Life: Five Reasons to Visit a Monastery

       Lack of Faith VS. God’s Providence- By: St. John (Maximovich) of Tobolsk

       Seeing and Not Perceiving

     


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    "Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

     

    - Blessed St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

    The purpose for presenting this Daily News section:

    Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 

     

    Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 

     

    Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.

     

    Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

    Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

    We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

    Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

    [ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

    Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

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