Церковные праздники

Рождество

Оглянемся на праздник Рождества. Однажды Бог послал ангела Гавриила в Галилейский город Назарет к Деве Марии, обрученной с Иосифом, мужчине из дома Давидова. Гавриил приветствовал девушку и сказал: "И вот, зачнешь во чреве, и родишь Сына, и наречешь Ему имя: Иисус." [подробнее]

Вербное воскресенье

Празднуя сегодня Вербное воскресенье, мы следуем традиции христианской общины в Иерусалиме. По свидетельствам, датированным 400 годом, христиане собирались на Елеонской горе и процессией спускались в город. Дети несли при этом пальмовые и масличные ветви. [подробнее]

Good Friday

Good Friday is the one day in the earthly life of God's Son about which the authors of the gospels have recorded the most details by far. The four gospels dedicate a total of 13 chapters to the events of that day, stretching from the Last Supper of the Lord with the disciples to His farewell discourses, His capture and hearings, and His crucifixion and death. When we contemplate these events, which are of greatest significance in the history of salvation, we gain an increased awareness of the magnitude of the sacrifice which our Saviour Jesus Christ brought out of love for humankind. [подробнее]

Easter

The grave had been under guard over the Sabbath right up until this morning. Along with some other women, Mary Magdalene made her way to the tomb. When they arrived, "there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow." The angel spoke to the women: "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said." [подробнее]

Вознесение Христово

Воскресший Христос еще сорок дней оставался на земле и являлся Своим последователям. Об этом повествуется во всех Евангелиях и в Первом послании к Коринфянам 15, 5-7. Время между воскресением и вознесением Господа Иисуса служит тому, чтобы Христа увидели «Живым», Преодолевшим смерть. [подробнее]

Pentecost

Apart from its appearance in Tobit 2:1 in the Apocrypha the word Pentecost is otherwise mentioned in the New Testament only; the name, however, comes from the Greek pentekosta hemeras 50 days - on the 50th day was the feast of Pentecost - referring to the number of days from the offering of the barley sheaf at the beginning of the Passover. It was originally a Jewish harvest festival, on the fiftieth day after the second day of Passover. [подробнее]