Words of Wisdom

St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9

“BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all
men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about
anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which
passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ
Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of
praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and
heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.”

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Icons for Guatemala

Christ is Risen!

As we begin Bright Week, we have a request for you. Many of you have likely heard of the growth of the church in Guatemala (about 150,000 people in recent years), and of course there are some needs related to that.
According to Fr. David Rucker, there are over 100 parishes in Guatemala without a single icon. Not only do none of the parishioners have icons in their homes, there are no icons in the churches.

Do you have any icons you can spare? Wooden icons, paper icons, old calendars, even icons cut from catalogues will make a big difference. Because of the climate and humidity everything has to be sealed to protect against damage, and the youth group at Sts Constantine and Elena in Indianapolis has been collecting wooden icons and paper icons to mount and laminate. There is a lot of work and expense involved in that. If you can donate icons, or funds to purchase and laminate and mail the icons, it will make a big difference.

To donate icons or funds, please mail to

Saints Constantine and Elena
3237 W. 16th St
Indianapolis, IN 46222

Please mention the need for icons and donations to your parish and friends. The Paschal season is a good time to be generous, and it’s a good way to celebrate the Resurrection with our brothers and sisters in Guatemala.

For more information on the church in Guatemala, there’s an Ancient Faith podcast (with transcript) of an interview with Fr. Peter Jackson.

Christ is Risen from the dead,
trampling down death by death,
and upon those in the tombs
bestowing Life!

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Christ is Risen!

In the spirit of rejoicing, here are a few of our favorite Paschal things.

Christ is Risen in enough languages to stump your priest [OCA, Steven Bigham]

Lebanese flash mob of “Al Massiah Kam” [Youtube]

Laura’s favorite Protestant Easter hymn by Keith Green [Youtube]

Saint Invites Early, Late, and Unbelievably Tardy to Feast [The Onion Dome]

Parishioners Exhausted After 9 Hour Agape Vespers Service [The Onion Dome]

Also, bacon.

Blessed Pascha, everybody! Christ is Risen!

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Holy Friday


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Holy Thursday

He does not just care for us, but loves us with no limits, a flaring unquenchable holy love, and a truly unbreakable strong love.

— St. John Chrystostom

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Holy Wednesday

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:  “For your sake we face death all day long;  we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35-38

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Holy Tuesday

On the Cross, Jesus has a vision of all those for whom He is dying. He foresees each one of us individually, saving us through His death and by His love … He did this to allow God to enter everywhere there is human suffering, even into the abyss of death, accompanying man to the depths of suffering so as to raise him up again and bring him back to life, by lifting him up to heaven and placing him at the right hand of the Father. The Son of God dies as man so that the Son of Man may rise up again as God. The Son of God had to experience the anguish of God’s absence so that all men who die might recover the presence of God: this is salvation.


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Holy Monday

One of the hymns sung during Holy Week, Behold the Bridegroom Comes at Midnight




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Bonus link!

One more link to get you through the weekend—and this one, I think we may all identify with. Exhausted Faster Just Can’t Lent Any More, via The Onion Dome.


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Linkage: Almost there edition

Work, Rest, and Holy Week [Goarch blogs]

The Mystery of Holy Week [Fr. Stephen Freeman]

The Evil Child’s Guide to Holy Week [Simcha Fisher]

10 Important Things to Do Before the End of Lent [Pravmir]

How to Make a Palm Cross [Goarch]


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