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As we enter the second week of Great Lent…

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.  But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.  Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen. Lenten prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian

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 [...]

Great Lent 2018… The journey to Pascha

On Monday, February the 19th 2018, will begin the blessed period of Great Lent. This is a period of strict fast* in the Orthodox Chuch, thus preparing us for the upcoming Holy Passion of Christ and His glorious Resurrection. During Great Lent, the daily cycle of services differ from that of the rest of the year. Vespers are celebrated daily in the morning accompanied by the Presanctified Divine Liturgy. The Great Compline is read every evening, instead of the [...]

Great Lent… The journey to Pascha

On Monday, February the 27th 2017, will begin the blessed period of Great Lent. This is a period of strict fast* in the Orthodox Chuch, thus preparing us for the upcoming Holy Passion of Christ and His glorious Resurrection. During Great Lent, the daily cycle of services differ from that of the rest of the year. Vespers are celebrated daily in the morning accompanied by the Presanctified Divine Liturgy. The Great Compline is read every evening, instead of the [...]

Sunday of the Last Judgment

I ponder that day and hour, when we all, naked and as convicts, will appear before the Judge we cannot bribe. Then a great trumpet will sound and the foundations of the earth will be shaken, and the dead will be raised from the graves, and all will become of one stature. And all that which is hidden will be presented overtly before You, and they shall mourn and wail who have never repented, and they shall depart into the [...]

Sundays in preparation of Great Lent

During the three week pre-Lenten season the church prepares us for repentance. She urges us to prepare ourselves through gradual diet modification and instructing us with themes of humility, judgment, repentance and forgiveness. The period is bounded by four Sundays. It marks the beginning of a time of preparation for the spiritual journey of Lent, a time for Orthodox Christians to draw closer to God through worship, prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. It is also on this day [...]