St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Ottawa

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Feasts & Saints

The Burial of Christ & His Descent into Hades

The Burial of Christ & His Descent into Hades

Christ is Risen! We share with our parishoners this beautiful Homily Written by St. Epiphanius of Cyprus in the 4th century. This Homily demonstrates the theology of the Church on the meaning of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. May the Resurrected Lord bless our lives. A Homily on the Burial of the Divine Body of […]

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  April 30, 2016   No comments
The Holy Week: A Liturgical Explanation

The Holy Week: A Liturgical Explanation

A LITURGICAL EXPLANATION OF HOLY WEEK The Very Rev. Alexander Schmemann LAZARUS SATURDAY The Beginning of the Cross: Saturday of Lazarus “Having fulfilled Forty Days… we ask to see the Holy Week of Thy Passion.”With these words sung at Vespers of Friday, Lent comes to its end and we enter into the annual commemoration of […]

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  April 22, 2016   No comments
St. Mary of Egypt

St. Mary of Egypt

St. Mary of Egypt  Prepared by Milad Hamwi On the fifth Sunday of Great Lent, we commemorate our venerable mother Mary of Egypt: the humble victor over carnal passions. She is our model of true repentance, an encouragement for all who have neglected their salvation, and an example of the transforming power of God’s all-consuming […]

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  April 16, 2016   No comments
St. John Climacus: Author of “The Ladder”

St. John Climacus: Author of “The Ladder”

St. John of the Ladder Prepared by Elias and Mariam On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent, the holy Orthodox Church has appointed the commemoration of our father among the saints, John of the Ladder (or Climacus). John loved God from his youth, and entered the monastic life, dedicating his life to the ascetic struggles […]

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  April 9, 2016   No comments
Veneration of the Precious & Life-Giving Cross

Veneration of the Precious & Life-Giving Cross

Third Sunday of Great Lent Veneration of the Precious & Life-Giving Cross Prepared by Kathleen McKinnon On the third Sunday of Great Lent, the Church celebrates The Veneration of the Holy Cross (also known as the Adoration of the Holy Cross). The Cross is the most important symbol we have, showing that God became Man […]

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  April 1, 2016   No comments
Second Sunday of Great Lent: St. Gregory Palamas

Second Sunday of Great Lent: St. Gregory Palamas

St. Gregory Palamas Archbishop of Thessalonica Prepared by Michelle Ibrahim The Second Sunday of Lent is dedicated to one of the pillars of Orthodoxy, St Gregory Palamas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Thessalonica. He is commemorated on this Sunday as a second “Triumph of Orthodoxy” since he upheld the Orthodox faith against heresies. St Gregory, born […]

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  March 26, 2016   No comments
Sunday of Orthodoxy 2016

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2016

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2016 at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Ottawa  The First Sunday of Lent marks the celebration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, the triumph of the Orthodox faith. As usual, St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa celebrated this beautiful day with much hope and prayer that the righteous faith dwells in the […]

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  March 22, 2016   No comments