Do you know why the Feast of Epiphany is considered one of the most important Christian feasts of the entire year? It’s because it is the commemoration of the ground-breaking revelation of Jesus Christ as God to the world. In this homily, Fr. Dr. Daniel Johnson expounds about this holy feast in two simple but clear points and shows us how we can celebrate this feast in a more meaningful way. Watch and be blessed!
The sign of the Cross is a gesture used by Christians worldwide and is the universal symbol of our faith. But as it is common with anything that is very familiar to us, we sometimes tend to forget its significance. In this video, our parish members explain the various and powerful meanings packed inside this holy sign given to us by the ancient Church, how it should be done properly and when we should make the sign. (Subtitles in 9 Asian languages are also available)
Why does the Church hold the birthday of St. Mary in such high regard? It is because her birth is the visible beginning of the unfolding of God’s plan for the salvation of the human race. And as we celebrate this feast, we remember the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ for her humility and great example. May we also, like her, become worthy temples for our Lord to dwell in.
The Cross which was once a shameful instrument of torture was transformed by the death of our God and Savior Jesus Christ into the Tree of life, thus becoming the symbol of His victory over death. On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, we celebrate this universal symbol of our Faith, and praise God for making it the instrument of our salvation. In this video, Fr. Joby Kurien explains the historical background of the feast, its significance and how it is usually celebrated in the Church
The normal calendars we use today have a lot to do with the sun and the moon. But the Church uses a different calendar – the liturgical calendar that revolves around God and His great acts on behalf of His people. Following this calendar helps the faithful Christian to walk in the footsteps of Christ annually and to live the life of the heavenly Kingdom here on earth.
The Feast of the Annunciation celebrates the announcement that the Archangel Gabriel gave to the Virgin Mary about the news that she would give birth to the Son of God. This event is equally as important as Christmas because this is when the Incarnation actually took place – when God deigned to take on human flesh in the womb of a human mother so that He could redeem us and our humanity entirely. During this feast, as we do on Christmas, let us rejoice in that God would love us so much that He would become one of us, in order to save us.
The Holy Week is the most significant and sacred of all times in the liturgical calendar of the Church. It is when all Christians recall the events of the last days of the earthly life of God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that lead to His death and resurrection.This video gives an overview of the importance of this sacred week and how these holy days are observed by orthodox Christians.
The feast commemorates the dormition (falling asleep) of St. Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the translation of her body into heaven. In this video, we examine the account of the Dormition from the traditions of the Church and her iconography, and also explain why the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos is a feast of hope for all Christians.