Feast Days of our Church

Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself…

Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mk. 8:34) “What does it mean to take up your cross? It means the willing acceptance, at the hand of Providence, of every means of healing, bitter though it may be, that is offered. Do great catastrophes fall on you? Be obedient to God’s will, as Noah was. Is sacrifice demanded of you? Give yourself into God’s hands with the same faith as Abraham had [...]

Saint Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland

Saint Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland was born around 385, in Wales. The district was raided by pirates when Patrick was sixteen, and he was one of those taken captive. He was brought to Ireland and sold as a slave, and was put to work as a herder of swine on a mountain During his period of slavery, Patrick acquired a proficiency in the Irish language which was very useful to him in his later mission. He prayed during his [...]

Sunday of Orthodoxy

On the first Sunday of Great Lent, we celebrate the restoration of the Holy Icons. Following a period of unrest, due to the iconoclastic controversy within the church, Empress Theodora and her son Michael III under Patriarch Methodios held a synod and restored the holy icons and their veneration on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." “As the prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as the Church has [...]

Archangel Michael of Mantamados

On the third Sunday after Pascha, we commemorate the Archangel Michael of Mantamados. In Greek "O Μανταμάδος"  refers to a miraculous icon of the Archangel Michael in a church on the island of Lesvos, which was consecrated on this day. This is one of the four miraculous icons of the Archangel in the Dodecanese of Greece. The icon dates back to the 9th and 10th centuries during an invasion of the entire island by the Saracen pirates. The Monastery was [...]

Nativity of Christ

The festival of Christ’s birthday

"Christ is born, glorify Him! Christ from heaven, go out to meet Him. Christ on earth; be exalted. Sing unto the Lord all the whole earth; and that I may join both in one word, Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, for Him Who is. of heaven and then of earth. Christ in the flesh, rejoice with trembling and with joy; with trembling because of your sins, with joy because of your hope. Christ of [...]

Nativity of Christ

On the Nativity of Christ by St. John of Kronstadt

"He has come upon earth, He, Who in the beginning created us from earth and breathed His Divine breath into us; He has come Who “giveth to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts xvii. 25.); He has come, He Who by a single word called all things visible and invisible from non-existence into existence, Who by a word called into being birds, fishes, quadrupeds, insects, and all creatures, existing under His almighty providence and care; He has [...]

Dormition of the Theotokos

On the Dormition of the Theotokos

"Magnify O my soul, the honourable Translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven." (Refrain for the 9th Ode of the Canon) Let us be happy, beloved brothers and sisters that we belong to the Holy Orthodox Church, worthily and rightly glorifying the Most Holy Sovereign Theotokos on this eminent day out of all the days of the year with special solemnity. There exists on earth many societies and entire governments that do not consider the need nor [...]

Pentecost Sunday

On this day we celebrate the holy feast of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Just before our Lord ascended into heaven, on the fortieth day after His resurrection, he promised his disciples that the Holy Spirit would be sent to them giving them spiritual strength and teaching them the truth. On the fiftieth day after the Resurrection, while they were gathered together in the upper room, there came a great sound from heaven which was [...]

Sunday of the Blind Man

  On this day, the sixth Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the miracle of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ upon the man born blind. The Savior met a man at the Temple on the Sabbath, who was born blind and had not seen the light, nor did he know the difference between day and night. He possessed only the sockets but no eyeballs. The Lord's disciples asked, "Rabbi, who sinned, this one or his parents, that he should [...]