Articles in the Church feasts category

A Prayer for the Coming New Year

Has the Church completely ignored the the new year? We offer a short sketch of where our calendar came from and “A Prayer for the Coming New Year”.

January 2, 2020 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The great contribution of Saint Gregory Palamas

What all religions, philosophies and Christian denominations in the world cannot explain is explained only in the Orthodox Church, thanks to Saint Gregory.

March 23, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

“The Son of God becomes Son of the Virgin”

From all eternity, even before creating the world and humans, God knew of Adam’s fall. He also knew when, and by who the redemption would be accomplished.

March 23, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

“We shall not deny you, beloved Orthodoxy”

The struggle against heresies is not finished. Today the insidious heresy of Ecumenism, like Iconoclasm, threatens to completely destroy the Church.

March 16, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

“Our Faith is alive!” Get to know Papa-Dimitri

Is it possible, in our times, to become a saint? Witness the life of Papa-Dimitri (+1975), a prophetic figure, and married priest with nine daughters.

May 30, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The fruit of the Holy Spirit

Today, All Saints day, we’ll talk briefly about the virtues/fruit of the Spirit, providing examples from the lives of the Saints for a better understanding.

May 30, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Holy Pentecost: OUR LIFE IN CHRIST

The timid, scared, ignorant, “earthly” disciples were transformed into the courageous, bold, all-wise holy Apostles. They transformed the world. We can too.

May 24, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

How to give yourself Christ as a gift

Did you forget to give yourself the greatest gift of all this year? Here’s how to give yourself this gift—Christ. No one else can give Him to you!

December 27, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The mysterious ending of Saint John the Theologian

Was the author of the Book of Revelation and the fourth Gospel translated into heaven like the Theotokos? Here’s what the primary sources say.

September 23, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Follow Me!

Fellowship is followship!

What does the Lord mean when He says we must “deny” ourselves? And what is this “cross” we are supposed to take up? And what does “follow” the Lord mean?

September 12, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

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The Birthday of the Theotokos—into Heaven

Like the death of other Saints, the Church remembers the death of the Theotokos, but unlike the Saints, we also hear of her birth into heaven with her body.

August 14, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

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Christ is Born! The Katavasiae of Christmas chanted in English

The nine odes of the Katavasiae of Christmas, chanted in English, by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis and Anthony Hatzidakis.

November 12, 2016 by Orthodox Witness

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How the Date of Pascha is Determined

How is the date of Pascha determined? There are three calculations. We’ll try to provide a brief explanation to this very complex problem.

March 16, 2013 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Prophecies Announcing Christ

Christmas 1,000 Years Before Christ!

Centuries before our Savior was born, the prophets of the Old Testament, inspired by the Spirit of God, saw and proclaimed His Birth. David (1,000 B.C.), Micah and Isaiah (800-700 B.C.) wrote the first Christmas hymns before the birth of the Lord.

December 2, 2012 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

“What shall we offer You, O Christ?”

This year let us present to the Divine Infant our own gifts, our very personal gifts. What might they be? It would be wise to draw near and worship Him.

December 2, 2012 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis