St Polycarp

February 23, 2021 0 Comments

Today, we liturgically recall the memory of the Holy Martyr Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. The Holy Martyr Polycarp was one of the most beloved saints of the early Church. He was, by tradition, a disciple of St. John the Theologian, and lived from 69-155. After serving the Gospel for his whole life, as an old …

Prayer for Iconographers

February 21, 2021 0 Comments

As we especially remember sacred icons on the first Sunday of Great Lent, let us say a prayer of gratitude for those in this holy work. Pray for them that they will use their talents to make icons as vehicles for prayer, grace and instruction for generations to come. The First Sunday of Great Lent …

Sunday of Orthodoxy

February 20, 2021 0 Comments

Resources for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Sunday, February 21, 2021 is the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Great Lent. Here is the link for various resources given by God With Us Online. Fr. Alexander Schmemann writes today’s feast: Today is the triumph of Orthodoxy, and a hymn sung today states solemnly and simply: …

Lenten Services 2021

February 17, 2021 0 Comments

Great Lent (Fast) has begun. We will have services on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 5:30 pm, starting TODAY, February 17. Wednesdays:  Pre-sanctified Liturgy of St Gregory, Pope of Rome Fridays: Compline and the Akathist. Jesus preached saying, ‘Repent (Μετανοεῖτε, Change your mind/focus), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” (Mt 4: 13-17) This is …

Bishop Nicholas’ Lenten Letter 2021

February 16, 2021 0 Comments

Great Lent and Holy Week Renewal of our Baptismal Commitment Let us enter the season of the radiant Fast with joy. Giving ourselves to the spiritual combat. Let us purify our spirit and cleanse our flesh. As we fast from food, let us abstain from every passion. Rejoicing in the virtues of the Spirit, may …

Cardinal Sandri gives interview

February 16, 2021 0 Comments

The Prefect of the Oriental Congregation at the Holy See, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, gave an interview. Read “The Oriental Churches: Communities with more to offer than incense,” by Alessandro De Carolis. The Prefect doesn’t typically give interviews.

St Ephrem’s weekday Lenten prayer

February 16, 2021 0 Comments

The weekday Lenten prayer in Byzantine tradition – Prayer of St. Ephrem: O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter. (Prostration) Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love. (Prostration) Yes, O Lord …