A Paschal Homily by St Justin (Popovic) Faith is our victory, by which we conquer death; faith in the Risen Lord Jesus. Death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin. The Lord “has removed the sting of death.” Death is a serpent; sin is its fangs. By sin, death puts its poison into the soul and into the body of man. The more sins a man has, the more bites, through which death puts its poison in him. When a wasp stings a man, he uses all his strength to remove the stin
A Paschal Homily by St Justin (Popovic) Man sentenced God to death; by His Resurrection, He sentenced man to immortality. In return for a beating, He gives an embrace; for abuse, a blessing; for death, immortality. Man never showed so much hate for God as when he crucified Him; and God never showed more love for man than when He arose. Man even wanted to reduce God to a mortal, but God by His Resurrection made man immortal. The crucified God is Risen and has killed death. Dea
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew
that His hour had come that He should depart from this
world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the
world, He loved them to the end.
(John 13.1) We have come to the Holy Week of our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection, the Pascha/Passover of the Lord. This week, sometimes called Great Week, is the holiest week in the Church Year precisely because it takes us into the heart of the One Mystery of Christ which is
This Sunday, the fifth Sunday of the Great Fast, is the Sunday of St Mary of Egypt. During the service of the Great Canon in the fifth week her Life is read in its entirety. A person could delve into the Life of St Mary of Egypt time and time again and come out with clear and clean, pristine new treasures. It is that way with the saints because it is that way with God who, in St Augustine’s famous phrase, is “ever ancient, ever new.” Or, as St Nicholai of Zica puts it, “Thou