St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

December 6, 2021 0 Comments

Today is the feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, archbishop of Myra in Lycia. The Byzantine Church honors Nicholas in several beautiful texts. This one taken from the sticheron from the Lamp-Lighting Psalms, teaches us: “What crowns of praise shall we confer upon the saintly Nicholas? Once present in the flesh in Myra, he is …

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

November 25, 2021 0 Comments

Akathist of Thanksgiving: ‘Glory to God for All Things’, Kontakion 2 O Lord, how lovely it is to be Thy guest. Breeze full of scents; mountains reaching to the skies; waters like boundless mirrors, reflecting the sun’s golden rays and the scudding clouds. All nature murmurs mysteriously, breathing the depth of tenderness. Birds and beasts …

Resources for the Entrance of the Theotokos

November 19, 2021 0 Comments

This Sunday we observe the feast of the Holy Theotokos into the Temple. St. Gregory Palamas tells us: She showed that she was not so much presented into the Temple, but that she herself entered into the service of God of her own accord, as if she had wings, striving towards this sacred and divine …

The Feasts of the Old Testament

November 17, 2021 0 Comments

As we prepare for the Nativity of the Lord, we turn to the Feasts of the Old Testament, seeking to understand how they foreshadowed the coming of Christ and paved the way for salvation and the restoration of mankind to paradise. Find out about the presenter, Fr. Carnazzo and to register, visit here.

St Joseph from the Byzantine Perspective

November 16, 2021 0 Comments

Please join us during the Philip’s fast for the online reflection by Fr. Andrew Summerson, S.Th.D., “St Joseph from the Byzantine Perspective” on Saturday, December 18th @10am EST. To register, visit us here. The event will be available via zoom and on St John’s YouTube channel.

Holy apostles Erastus, Olympus, Rodion, and companions

November 10, 2021 0 Comments

On the Byzantine liturgical calendar today we commemorate the holy apostles, Erastus, Olympus, Rodion, and their companions. Remembered as apostles and little heard of unless you are a student of sacred Scripture. When St Paul wrote his letter to the Romans he was staying in Corinth. Erastus was the treasurer of that city and a …

Synaxis for the archangels

November 8, 2021 0 Comments

The Church commemorates today the Synaxis for the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, and all the bodiless powers of heaven. “The role of angels, or spiritual powers, is evident from their appearance in both the old and the new testament. St Paul says: “They are all spirits, whose work is service, sent to help those who …