from ONE

Christian High Holy Days
by Sami El-Yousef
(From ONE magazine May 2010)
Recollections of a bittersweet Easter in Jerusalem

Truly He Is Risen
by Marilyn Raschka
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2003)
Pilgrims gather for Easter on the island of Patmos

Easter by the Quiet Stream
text and photographs by Jacqueline Ruyak
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2001)
Easter in the Slovak village of Tichy Potok reveals traditional customs as well as the strong faith of its villagers.

Easter: An Orthodox Perspective
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East April 1991)
Ruminations on Easter in the Orthodox Church.

A Ukrainian Paradox
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East September 1990)
A centuries-old tradition provides a toehold for rebuilding a culture and a nation.

On Carrying a Cross: A Reflection for Lent
Text from a speech by His Eminence, D. Simon Cardinal Lourdusamy
Photographs of Scenes of Holy Week in Jerusalem by Paul Souders
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
Text from a speech by His Eminence, D. Simon Cardinal Lourdusamy, Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches.

Testament to a Joyous Heritage
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1988)
Ethiopian Christians in Jerusalem observe Holy Week with a unique pageantry, but also with a clear sense of faith.

Romanian Easter
by Rev. George C. Muresan
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1985)
Romanian Catholics in the United States cherish the heritage of their mother country while celebrating their faith in a new homeland.

God’s Ascension, Man’s Exaltation
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1985)
Meditations on the feast of the Ascension.

Easter in Olimbos: A Living Museum
text and photos by Joseph F. Viesti
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1984)
Easter for a tiny Greek village is a slice of Byzantine history.

Bright Sadness
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
photos by Milton Baroody
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1983)
The Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is a prime example of a Byzantine Lenten service.

Lenten Traditions in the Eastern Rite
by Maryann Ondovcsik
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1983)
For Eastern Catholics, Lenten and Easter traditions are a fundamental part of family life.

The Colors of Easter
by Marvin Anderson
(From ONE March 2012)
Ukrainian faithful carry on the ancient craft of decorating eggs

The Son Rises in the East
by Rev. Romanos V. Russo
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1981)
Reflections on the cover art the Icon of the Anastasis.

The Tomb Is Empty…Tell the World
by Claudia McDonnell
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1980)
Proclaiming the miracle of Christ’s resurrection.

Joy Born of Sorrow
by Rev. James F. Dolan, S.J.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1979)
The relationship between sorrow and joy is a significant one worth exploration.

from News

Pope Prays for Peace on Easter
Catholic News Service (26 April 2011)
In an Easter blessing to the world, Pope Benedict XVI prayed that Christ’s resurrection may open paths of “freedom, justice and peace” for troubled populations of the Middle East and Africa.

An Easter Message of Peace From Jerusalem
Catholic News Service (21 April 2011)
In their joint Easter message, the heads of Christian churches of Jerusalem turned their attention to the unrest in the Middle East, noting the need to respect the rights of the minorities in the region.

Throngs at Jerusalem’s Church of Holy Sepulchre
Catholic News Service (4 April 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — As Easter approaches, it can be a daunting task to find a quiet moment of contemplation at any of Jerusalem’s holy sites, but it is especially so at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

In the Holy Land, World’s Christians Celebrate
Catholic News Service (25 March 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The winding road from the Mount of Olives to the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem was alive with music and song in many languages as global pilgrims joined local Christian Palestinians in the traditional Palm Sunday procession commemorating Jesus’ entry into the city.

Lebanese Youths Lament Violence, Emigration in Way of Cross
Catholic News Service (25 March 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meditating on Christ’s passion and the ways people contribute to his suffering, Lebanese youths lamented the ongoing emigration from and violence in the Middle East, divisions among Christians, the abuse of women and children, and other tragedy.

from Blog Content

Why Are There Two Dates for Easter?
Father Elias Mallon details the reason behind the twin dates of Easter within Christendom.

Picture of the Day: The Lenten Season Begins
A procession during Holy Week in Jerusalem taken in 1988. (photo: Paul Souders)

You've Got Holy Week
Cardinal Timothy Dolan — CNEWA's chair and New York's Archbishop — has posted the video below on AOL: his message to the faithful for Holy Week.

Picture of the Day: Palms in Jerusalem
In this photo taken in 1988, a woman reflects prayerfully in Jeruaslem on Palm Sunday. (photo: Paul Souders

Picture of the Day: Help Support Egypt's Christians
Egyptian protesters hold up a Coptic Christian cross in one hand and a copy of the Quran in the other hand in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.

Eggs to Dye For: A Ukrainian Art Form
A photo gallery of pysanky images.

The Resurrection Brings People Together
Dr. Bernard Sabella reflects on Easter in Palestine.

Picture of the Day: Support for Syrians on Holy Thursday
Syrian refugees who fled the violence in Syria sit in their temporary home in Mafraq, Jordan. (photo: CNS/Majed Jaber, Reuters)

Picture of the Day: Easter's Duality
In this photo taken in 2007, Georgian Orthodox Christians light candles during Easter celebrations at the Sioni Cathedral of the Dormition in Tbilisi, Georgia. (photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

Picture of the Day: Easter in the East
In this image from 2001, Ruthenian Greek Catholics celebrate the paschal mystery in the village of Tichy Potok in Slovakia. (photo: Jacqueline Ruyuak)

Picture of the Day: How Would You Like Your Eggs?
Markian Surmach, owner of Surma in New York City, shows off some of the store's pysanky. (photo: Erin Edwards)

Picture of the Day: The Middle East's Way of the Cross
Jesus falls the first time, the third Station of the Cross, is depicted in the prayer book for the Way of the Cross service on Good Friday at Rome's Colosseum. (image: CNS)

Picture of the Day: Holy Week Prayers
In this image from Holy Week in 2009, Christians pray at the Stone of Unction, believed to be the place where the body of Jesus was prepared for burial, in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. (photo: CNS/Yannis Behrakis, Reuters)

Thoughts on Easter and Passover
In the embedded video, CNEWA's external affairs officer, Rev. Elias Mallon, S.A., Ph.D., discusses the significance of Easter and Passover, and of their proximity to one another.

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Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: Easter Light
Pope Francis carries a candle as he arrives to celebrate the Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on 19 April. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

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Stories of interest for the day.

Picture of the Day: Easter in the East
Children in Bangalore, India, hold Easter eggs on 16 April. (photo: CNS/Jagadeesh Nv, EPA)