Today on April 24 (Lazarus Saturday), we begin a series of readings that are crucial to the Orthodox celebration of Holy Week. Our study of the work of our salvation will enhance the understanding of the core of the Christian faith of the Orthodox as well as those who are of other Christian backgrounds.
My comments intend to give a deeper insight into the way of the Cross. Our resource will be the Scriptures. But we will also use the Orthodox resource for the services and hymnody of Holy Week, The Lenten Triodion. References to this worship guidebook will give our Orthodox followers insights about the observance of Holy Week from Holy Tradition. They will also enrich our readings for those who are not Orthodox with the Orthodox viewpoint on the story of our redemption.
After Pascha (Easter), we will begin a study of the Acts of the Apostles until Pentecost. In these readings we will hear the narrative of the founding of the Church by the work of the Spirit. And we will gain discernment into living the Christian life in the light of the Cross and the Resurrection.
I hope that these studies will inspire and uplift all who follow this blog each day.