Alive from the Dead

Homilies on Great Lent

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The Cup of the Lord is indescribable. It is a Cup of afflictions, a Cup of suffering, a Cup of death. It contains His incomprehensible self-emptying and ineffable humility. The Lord voluntarily drank the Cup to the end to cleanse it, drain it and transform it into a Cup of sweetness for His disciples. Through His Cross and Resurrection, the Almighty Jesus transformed the Cup of afflictions and suffering into the Cup of eternal life, so that His servants, His closest friends, might be drunk with the sober drunkenness of divine love. ‘I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord (all the days of my life, transitory and eternal).’

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As a saving light, Great Lent renews our orientation in our life. It initiates us into the passage from this world of corruption to the blessed Kingdom revealed by Christ. By obedience to the immaculate Church and in union with all her members, we undertake the striving that she recommends to her children. We fix our gaze on the end of the way, on the Cross and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus, from which flows forth the grace of salvation for all mankind. Humbly and voluntarily, through fasting, self-reproach and prayer, we offer to God the poor sacrifice of our deadening to sin. We gain a little taste of death, so as to attract the touch of the Holy of Holies, the breath of the all-holy Spirit, which will strengthen our nature to ‘celebrate an eternal Passover’, making us partakers of unspeakable joy and of a ‘better resurrection’ in the Kingdom of our Lord, Whose first appearing we have loved.


CONTENTS

Forward
Introduction
The Summons for our Heavenly Return
Continuing in the Invocation of the Name of the Lord Jesus

THE SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY

Orthodox Faith and Holy Life
Discipleship to Christ
Faith and the Renewal of the Heart
The Image of Christ in the Heart of Man

THE SUNDAY OF SAINT GREGORY PALAMAS

Holiness, the Vision of the World to Come
The Mystery of Grace
On the Holy Inner Life
The Tension of Hesychia
On the Uncreated Light of the Coming Kingdom

THE SUNDAY OF THE CROSS

The Cross of Keeping the Commandments
The Cross of Christ, A Pre-eternal Mystery
Discipleship to the Cross
The Cross, the True Victory
The Cross of Spiritual Vision
The Two Crosses of Ascetical Practice
The Cross of Theoria in Saints Silouan and Sophrony

THE SUNDAY OF SAINT JOHN OF THE LADDER

The Beatitudes
The Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete

THE SUNDAY OF SAINT MARY OF EGYPT

Seeking Thrones
The Cup of Christ

PALM SUNDAY

A Glimpse of Glory
‘Rejoice in the Lord alway’

HOLY WEEK

Behold the Bridegroom Cometh
The Mystery of Life
The Cross, the Glory of Christ and the Salvation of the World

THE RESURRECTION

‘Through the Cross is joy come in all the world’

Index of Scriptural References

Weight 0.814 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 15.8 × 3.5 cm
Author

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou

Language

English

Book cover

Hardback Clothbound with Dust Jacket

Pages

541

Publisher

Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist

Edition

1st edition

Publication year

2023

ISBN

978-1-909649-97-2

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Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou

Father Zacharias studied theology at the Orthodox Theological Institute of Saint Sergius in Paris and at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has lived all his monastic life in the monastery of Saint John the Baptist in Essex where he serves as a spiritual Father and minister of the word of God to his brethren and the people that come to him. Read more…

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