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2024

MAY
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MAY 9TH

Ascension represents Jesus Christ's bodily departure from Earth to the heavenly realm, as recounted in the New Testament narratives. This event occurs forty days after his resurrection, it symbolizes Jesus's return to the divine presence of the Father, marking his exaltation and sovereignty over all creation. Ascension holds profound theological significance for believers, offering assurance of Jesus's continued intercession and the promise of his eventual return in glory. 

Ascension

MARCH
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MARCH 31ST

Ressurection

For a Christian Resurrection is the cornerstone of faith, representing Jesus Christ's triumph over death and sin. It's celebrated as the ultimate vindication of Christ's divinity and the fulfillment of God's promise of salvation.  Christians commemorate the Resurrection with profound reverence and joy, viewing it as the source of hope and eternal life for believers. The resurrection shapes the core of spirituality and understanding of redemption 

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MARCH 29TH

Good Friday

Good Friday is a solemn day in Christianity, commemorating Jesus Christ's crucifixion and death. It's a time for reflection on his sacrifice for humanity's redemption. It is a day of reflection, penance, and mourning, acknowledging the sacrifice of Jesus for the redemption of humanity's sins. This event is the reminder of Jesus's profound love and selflessness in giving his life for mankind's salvation.

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MARCH 28TH

Maundy Thursday or Last Supper

 Maundy Thursday signifies the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood, as well as Jesus's act of humility in washing his disciples' feet. This day is a solemn occasion marked by special liturgical services, including the reenactment of Jesus's washing of the disciples' feet and the sharing of communion. It serves as a reminder of Jesus's sacrifice and teachings of love, service, and unity among believers.

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MARCH 25TH

Annunciation

The Annunciation on March 25th marks the beginning of Jesus Christ's incarnation. Celebrated with special prayers and liturgical services, it highlights Mary's acceptance of God's will and her role as the Theotokos, or "God-bearer." This event symbolizes divine intervention and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, emphasizing the union of divinity and humanity in Jesus Christ.

MARCH 24TH

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday holds deep significance in Orthodox Christianity as it commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, fulfilling prophecies of the Messiah. Believers celebrate by waving palm branches and singing hymns, echoing the praises of the crowds who welcomed Jesus with shouts of "Hosanna!" This event marks the beginning of Holy Week, leading up to Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Orthodox faithful reflect on the humility of Jesus, who despite knowing his impending suffering, willingly enters Jerusalem to fulfill God's plan for salvation. Palm Sunday serves as a reminder of Jesus' kingship, humility, and sacrificial love, inviting believers to journey with him through his passion, death, and resurrection for the redemption of humanity.

 

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MARCH 17TH

Healing the blind man

This is the story where Jesus heals the blind by ….It symbolizes the spiritual blindness of humanity and the transformative power of encountering Christ. As Jesus heals the blind man's eyes, he also opens his spiritual eyes, leading him to profess faith in Jesus as the Son of God. This narrative teaches believers about the importance of spiritual sight and the revelation of Christ's divinity, inviting them to seek spiritual enlightenment through encountering Jesus in their lives.

MARCH 10TH

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Sunday of good Samaritan and bent Women

In Orthodox Christianity, the Sunday of the Good Samaritan commemorates Jesus' parable about compassion and love for one's neighbor. It emphasizes the importance of selfless acts of kindness and mercy towards others, regardless of their background or social status. Similarly, the story of the bent woman, often read during liturgical services, illustrates Jesus' healing power and his concern for the marginalized and oppressed. These narratives collectively reinforce the Orthodox belief in the transformative power of Christ's love and mercy, inspiring believers to emulate his example in their own lives.

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MARCH 3RD

Healing of the Cannite Women

The story of the Canaanite woman underscores Jesus' universal mission and the importance of persistent faith.  Jesus honors the woman's unwavering faith and heals her daughter, demonstrating his compassion and the inclusivity of his message of salvation.

FEBRUARY
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FEBRUARY 25

Healing of the paralytic man

In the story of paralytic man, we see Jesus healing the man because of the faithfulness of his friends. A paralyzed man is brought to Jesus by friends, and unable to reach him due to the crowd, they lower him through the roof. Jesus, seeing their faith, forgives the man's sins. Jesus then commands the paralyzed man to rise, and he stands up, completely healed. This miracle highlights Jesus' compassion, power, and authority to forgive sins.

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FEBRUARY 18TH

Healing the leaper

The healing of the leper is a significant moment in the Bible where Jesus showcases both his compassion and divine authority. When approached by a man suffering from leprosy, considered untouchable in society, Jesus reaches out and heals him with a simple touch. This act demonstrates Jesus' ability to bring healing and restoration to all those who believe in him.

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FEBRUARY 11TH

The first Miracle: Wedding at Cana

The wedding at Cana, as described in the Gospel of John is Jesus’s first miracle where he transforms water into wine. This symbolizes the beginning of his public ministry. This miracle also reveals his divine nature,  abundance, divine presence, and Jesus’s role as the source of spiritual fulfillment

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FEBRUARY 11TH-MARCH 31ST

Great Lent

Great Lent, spanning 40 days, is a time of spiritual growth and healing in the Orthodox Church. Through fasting, prayer, and acts of kindness, believers deepen their connection with God and each other, finding solace and renewal. The season culminates in the joyful celebration of Pesaha crusification symbolizing the healing and hope found in Christ's resurrection.

JANUARY
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JANUARY 22ND - 24TH

Feast of Ninevah

This is a three day feast where we commemorate the time Jonah spent in the belly of a fish.Being in the belly of the fish allowed Jonah the opportunity for repentance because of his disobedience to God. This feast prepares us for the great lent.

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