After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY

Xpictoc Bockpece!

Paschal Greetings from our friend Ivan Koukharsky in Argentina.

Paschal Greetings from Archdeacon Basil Yakimov in Australia

Click on words to hear recording of greetings spoken.

Καλό πάσχα (Kaló pasha – Happy Pascha!) - Χριστός ανέστη! (Hristós anésti) Christ has Risen

Αληθώς ανέστη! (Alithós anésti) Truly he has Risen (reply)

Христос Bоскресe! (Xristos voskres) Воистину Bоскресe! (Voistinu voskres)

Approaching Pascha

Saint Edward Brotherhood

Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 3:26 AM

Dear-in Christ, Everyone,

Bless!  First of  all, as we will have little time during the rest of the day, may I greet all our parishioners, supporters, helpers, friends and acquaintances in anticipation with the joyous Easter greeting:

Christ is Risen! 
Truly, He is Risen!

May the joy of the festival and its grace lighten your paths in life ii the days and years ahead.

But let us look a some words of Saint Ambrose of Milan, which tell us how to approach this feast in order to be benefitted deeply and spiritually, keeping it not simply as a folk custom or as an occasion for worldly celebration.  He writes:

"There are some, dearly beloved, who seem to be seeking the Lord, but since they are slothful and strangers to virtue, they do not deserve to find Him; nor, when found, to see Him.  What, however, were these holy women [the Myrrhbearers] seeking at the tomb, if not the Body of the Lord Jesus?  And you, what is it you are seeking in the Church if not Jesus, that is, the Saviour?  But if you wish to find Him, the Sun now being risen, then come as these women came; that is, let there be no darkness of evil in your hearts; for the desires of the flesh and the works that are evil are darkness.  They in whose hearts there is darkness of this kind see not the light, and understand not Christ, for Christ is the Light.  Therefore, drive the darkness from you, brethren, that is, all sinful desires and all evil works, and provide yourselves with sweet spices, that is earnest prayers, saying with the Psalmist: Let my prayer, O Lord, be set forth as incense before Thee" (Ps. 140:2).

In the love of our Risen Saviour,

Fr Alexis & Brotherhood

Muslim War on Cross Cancels Easter in Egypt

• Muslim War on Cross Cancels Easter in Egypt video 18 minutes
     Due to fears of backlash by radical muslims Easter has been cancelled in Egypt

Holy Friday 2014 Noble Joseph

From: Dutikow [mailto:dutikow@juno.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 3:44 PM
To: Irene Dutikow
Subject: Holy Friday 2014

Memory Eternal

Presbytera Theodora reposed (early Holy Wednesday morning?), wife of Fr. Michael Azkoul.  They had recently moved from St. Louis, Missouri, to St. John the Forerunner GOC church near Chicago. 

God grant her rest in Thy kingdom!  

St. John: Before the Shroud

St. Ioann, arhiyep. Shanghai and San Francisco († 1966): Before the Shroud

Author: Nun Faith incl. . Posted in Archive ROCOR (Views: 14)

Mournful gathering. A sad sight. Before us is a dead man, moreover, an extraordinary dead man. The King of heaven and earth, the Creator of the whole universe, lies before us. For us He died. We have sinned, but He suffered. People violated the banishment of God, they departed from God, and God, wishing to attract Himself to Him with His love, suffers and dies for them. God could not suffer and die with the Divine, therefore he incarnates, and suffers and dies with his human nature, without ceasing to be God. All this He does for us, to show His love for us.

How thankful to Him our hearts must be filled!

How can we thank Him with dignity?

His flowers are brought to the grave, they are kindled. He is holy. The Lord also does not reject these sacrifices, but He wants the other from us, and only with Him will he accept the rest of the offering. Son, give Me your heart, "God said through another Holy Letter of the Old Oneslaught. Our Lord is waiting for our hearts; This is what we must give to Him. To love to keep and teach him and to fulfill them is a gratitude to the Victim for us, which is pleasing and pleasing to Him.

Approaching to kiss the face of the lifeless Savior, let us firmly resolve to follow the path indicated by Him. And if we have to endure adversities and difficulties in this way, Christ Himself will be the helper, who will be crucified with Him and will give them endless blessings in His heavenly Kingdom, which we also will be honored. Amen.

Source: Words of the Father in the Saints of Our Father John, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco-Wonderworker. A collection of propoveds, precepts, messages, instructions and decrees. / Compiled by (traitor ROCOR-MP) proto-priest Petr Perekrestov to the glorification of Saint John. - San Francisco: "Russian Shepherd", 1994. - P. 107.

MP consecrated a luxury Apple iphone for Pascha

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Christ our first Teacher on the end times

Two verses from Great Compline Monday Holy Week
(Let those who say we should not concern ourselves with end times teaching be shutted up.)  

O Jesus, beyond measure is Thy love for mankind!  For Thou hast made known to us the appointed time when the end of the world shall come to pass, though Thou hast hidden the hour from us, yet Thou hast plainly revealed the signs which shall precede its coming.
Canticle Two,Triodion page 520

When the Teacher spoke of flight on the Sabbath and in the winter, He foretold darkly, as in a riddle, the storm of the present age, which is the seventh day of the week, when the end shall come as the winter.
Canticle Eight,Triodion page 521

Psaltic Wiki in the works

DEP PSALTIC ARTS GROUP - Psaltic Wiki in the works


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John-Peter Presson

Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 7:04 AM
To: "John P. Presson"

For all the bad news and bad trends of the 21st Century, the Psaltic Arts is receiving unprecedented upsurge in the United States --all the English adaptations, the upsurge in people interested in the Psaltic Arts, increased availability of instruction, a newly vital and resurgent Psaltic music diploma program at HCHC (SPOTS, Maybe?????).

A group of colleagues of mine are now putting together a "Psaltic Wiki".  It is yet to be populated, but those of things fill up quite quickly.

John-Peter Presson
Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna & Portland (ΓΟΧ)
Director of Liturgical Music -Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Cathedral -Portland, OR
Musicorum et cantorum magna est distantia, isti dicunt, illi sciunt quae componit musica. - Guido of Arrezzo

Doxasticon of the Aposticha of the Praises Holy Wednesday the nun "Kassiani"

DEP PSALTIC ARTS GROUP - Doxasticon of the Aposticha of the Praises Holy Wedn. the nun "Kassiani"

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John-Peter Presson

Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 11:35 AM
To: "John P. Presson"


The Doxastikon of Holy Wednesday's Bridegroom Orthros. The arrangement is a hybrid composite of one of the settings in Kypsele and an arrangement of Protopsaltis Konstantine Lagouris of Montreal. I recorded this as a multitrack (pardon the timing boo-boos)to illuminate the the group singing against the sections that I assigned for a monophonarios to chant alone. A great deal was modelled after the choir chanting by my friend and colleague Stelios Kontakiotis, the former protopsaltis of the choir in Washington, DC that laureate protopsaltis Harilaos Papastolou founded so many many years ago, and now for many years protopsaltis of the parish on the Island of TInos.

Good Strength

John-Peter Presson
Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna & Portland (ΓΟΧ)
Director of Liturgical Music -Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Cathedral -Portland, OR
Musicorum et cantorum magna est distantia, isti dicunt, illi sciunt quae componit musica. - Guido of Arrezzo