Articles For the Paschal Season

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Great Lent

Great Lent - A Week By Week Meaning

Rev. George Mastrantonis

First Sunday of Great Lent - The Sunday of Orthodoxy


Recommended Lenten Reading

Rev. George Mastrantonis

The Liturgical Cycle of the Great Lenten Period

Rev. Pavlos Koumarianos, Ph.D.

For The Youth, What's Up With Lent?

Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries | Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

The Glory of the Cross

Fr. Demetrios Carellas

The Word 'almah in Isaiah 7:14: A New Etymology

Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc

Guidelines for the Observance of Lent

Fr. John E. Artemas (March 2000, page 10)

Making Lent Great For Your Family

Philip Mamalakis, Ph.D.

There Is Always Time

Dr. Violet Leathers

Balancing Lent

George Tsongranis (Jan-Feb 2007, page 14)

Preparing for Our Lenten Journey

Fr. John Matusiak | Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Prayer and Fasting

On Fasting

His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh

And Then They Will Fast

His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

Fasting from Iniquities and Foods

Rev. George Mastrantonis

The True Nature of Fasting

Mother Mary and Bishop Kallistos Ware

The Jesus Prayer

Fr. Steven Peter Tsichlis

What is Prayer?

Department of Religious Education

Daily Prayers for Orthodox Christians: The Synekdemos

Edited by N. Michael Vaporis

Holy Week and Pascha

Pascha: The New Passover

V. Rev. Fr. Anastasios Gounaris

Judas' Profile in the Psalms: Meditation on the Holy Wednesday

Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc

Holy Week Meditation and Study Guide

Fr. Andrew Demotses

Holy Week - A Daily Account of the Solemn Services During Holy Week in the Eastern Orthodox Church

Rev. George Mastrantonis

Saturday of Lazaros and Palm Sunday

Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas

Great Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas

Great Thursday

Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas

Great Friday

Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas

Great and Holy Saturday

Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas

Holy Saturday: "With Fear and Trembling"

Father John Breck

The Sanctification of the Holy Chrism

Pavlos Menesoglou

Dating Pascha in the Orthodox Church

Dr. Lewis J. Patsavos, Ph.D

Origins of Pascha and Great Week

Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas

Preparing for the Feast (PDF)

Melissa Tsongranis (March 2008, page 19)

Living in the Light of the Resurrection

Philip Mamalakis

Preparation for the Sacrament of Holy Unction

Fr. Theodore Petrides

Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Holy Week Retreat: Great and Holy Friday (For GOYA)


Holy Week Retreat: Great and Holy Friday (For GOYA, JOY, and HOPE)


Holy Week Retreat: Walk With Christ (For GOYA)


Session: Confession and Repentance (For GOYA)


Session: Running The Race: Athletes For Christ (For GOYA)


Spiritual Discipline: Climbing The Ladder (Family Discussion)


Spritiual Discipline: Confession and Repentance (Family Discussion)


Spritual Discipline: Resurrection (Family Discussion)


Discussion Session: What's Up With The Resurrection? (GOYA)


Activity: A Gift Of Love


Session: I Am the Resurrection (PDF)


Family Ministry

Family Gospel Lessons

A series produced by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

How Can A Family Prepare for Pascha

Phyllis Meshel Onest

Journey Through Holy Week Parent Guide (PDF)

Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Lenten Family Time (PDF)

Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Simple Tips for Keeping Lent in our Families

Virginia Nieuwsma | Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

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Be the Bee - Fasting and Prayer

Learn more about the basics of fasting and prayer with this playlist of short videos. You'll find 16 episodes of "Be the Bee" that will help you make the most of Great Lent and Holy Week!

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Journey Through Holy Week

Journey Through Holy Week

Follow Christ and the Church through each stage of Holy Week - from the Saturday of Lazarus to the Agape Vespers service with this full-color guide. Download the Children's Guide » and the Parent's Guide »

Preparing for Holy Week with Your Family

The Center for Family Care offers two video panel discussions focusing on the practicalities of keeping your family engaged throughout Holy Week.

Watch the Videos »

Don't Miss the Opportunity to Reach Out!

With church attendance increasing over the Lenten period with its usual peak during Holy Week, this is our greatest opportunity to reach out to our inactive Orthodox and to inquirers about the faith.

Visit the Outreach and Evangelism website »