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Sunday, November 10, 2019

     “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps 117/118: 24)

     The day known as “Sunday” (dies solis) according to the Planetary Week of the ancient, pagan world, is also known as “the Lord’s day” (κυριακή, domenica, dimanche, duminică) in the Christian world. The Church did, eventually, use the symbolism of the Sun-cult to its advantage, associating Christ with the Sun, as “The True Sun” and “The Sun of Righteousness.” Our observance of “Sunday” originates, in any event, in close connection with the Person of Jesus Christ, and particularly with the “new worship” He established in His “new covenant” (Mt 26: 28), based on His salvific work.

     So, from the earliest days of the Church, Christians gathered on this specific day, of God’s...

Friday, April 13, 2018

     “It is the day of resurrection! Let us be radiant, O people! Pascha! The Lord's Pascha! For Christ our God has brought us from death to life, and from earth unto heaven, as we sing the song of victory!” (Paschal Canon, Irmos-hymn of Ode 1) 

     Transitions can be hard. And yet I am invited, on “the day of the resurrection,” to join the Lord’s Great Transition, – the Lord’s “Pascha” or “Passover” from death to life, and from earth to heaven. This “day” is every day in the life of anyone who believes in the risen Lord; “This is the day which the Lord has made” (Ps 117/118: 24), also this Friday of Bright Week, on which I am, once again, invited to join “the Lord’s Pascha” and to transition from any death I may have slipped into, into Life in Christ.

     So let me re-...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps 117/118: 24, Prokeimenon on Pascha-Sunday)

The day known as “Sunday” (dies solis) according to the Planetary Week of the ancient, pagan world, is also known as “the Lord’s day” (κυριακή, domenica, dimanche, duminică) in the Christian world. The Church did take advantage, eventually, of using the symbolism of the Sun-cult to its advantage, associating Christ with the Sun, as “The True Sun” and “The Sun of Righteousness.” But our observance of “Sunday” originates, in any event, in close connection with the Person of Jesus Christ, and particularly with the “new worship” He established in His “new covenant” (Mt 26: 28), based on His salvific work. 

So, from the earliest days of the Church, Christians gathered on thi...

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